Two charged over Booval murder

VICTIM: Amanda Quirk.
VICTIM: Amanda Quirk.

AN Ipswich couple has appeared in court accused of trying to cover up the murder of Booval woman Amanda Quirk.

Police allege the pair helped clean the scene of the crime at Ms Quirk’s home and assisted with the disposal of her body.

Ms Quirk’s body was found dumped in bushland near the northern NSW town of Drake on April 8.

Detectives believe she was killed at her home in Dudleigh Street, Booval, late on March 31.

On April 8, Brisbane man Christopher James Swan, 36, was charged with her murder and Ipswich woman Michelle Anne Mondientz, 32, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

This week, Aaron James Presgrave, 24, and Rachel Narelle Smith, 37, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Both were excused from appearing in court, with defence lawyer Justin Thomas asking for the charges to be adjourned.

The two accused were allowed bail and their cases will next be mentioned in court on August 18.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tolsher said it would be alleged that Presgrave and Smith, a couple who were known to Ms Quirk, provided assistance to Swan and Mondientz in concealing the murder.

Senior Sergeant Tolsher said police believe the pair “assisted with cleaning up the crime scene and with certain aspects of the disposal of the body”.

Police say the charges are the last they expect to lay in their investigation into the murder of 32-year-old Ms Quirk.

The victim’s father, Larry Quirk, yesterday said the family was grateful to the detectives who were involved in the investigation.

“The police couldn’t have done any more; I just can’t say enough good things about them,” he said.

He also thanked friends and family for their support.

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