Former brothel madam still person of interest in murder case

A FORMER Tweed Heads brothel madam remains a person of interest in the killing of rugby league referee Tony McGrath despite a man having being charged with his murder.

Queensland homicide detectives travelled to the Gold Coast on Wednesday  where they arrested and charged a man in relation to the nine month old case.

They also swarmed on a house at Terranora, near Tweed Heads, where they established a crime scene.

Police seized items including a dropsaw, hacksaw and grinder from the garage of the Deakin Drive home.

Murder accused Tyson John Taylor, 43, appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where he faced several serious charges including murder, attempted murder, arson and several weapons charges.

Police allege Taylor shot Mr McGrath, 57, once in the head with a .22-calibre gun at his Woolloongabba home in Maynard St on May 21 last year.

Furthermore, police claim Taylor attempted to kill Mr McGrath's five months before his eventual death after allegedly setting fire to his home.

Detective Inspector Rod Kemp said on Thursday (Feb 06) the killing appeared to be financially motivated with greed being the main motive.

"It is almost nine months in duration and involved an incredible amount of work," he said.

"The strategies that have been used have been incredible.

"They are ongoing, but I can assure you we are very happy with the outcome."

Detective Inspector Kemp said he expected more charges to be laid in relation to the case.

"We have identified a number of other places of interest which in the coming days we will be conducting searches," he said.

"We do expect to talk to further people in the coming days and I expect there to be further charges."

Taylor was remanded into custody is due to face court again on March 17.

Topics:  murder

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