A man from Pratten, Queensland, Australia, has faced court after he was officially charged with murder over the death of 61-year-old woman Krishna Chopra.
Police detectives carried out a two-month joint investigation with the Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch.
After this, the police arrested Krishna Chopra’s 33-year-old son-in-law Simon Jones in Warwick.
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker, from the Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch, told media that Mr Jones handed himself into Warwick police station.
“It has been quite a long time from the time this was reported to us. A lot of work has gone into this by a lot of police.”
Further, Detective Senior Sergeant McCusker said he believed the murder had been planned.
“I believe a domestic violence matter was part of the murder charge because of the relationship that we’re alleging between the person charged and the deceased.”
Krishna Chopra’s body was found in her Park Road home north of Toowoomba on January 31.
Police confirmed that Krishna Chopra died as a result of severe head trauma.
Police believed Krishna Chopra, who lived alone, died up to 10 days prior to the discovery.
Senior Sergeant McCusker added:
“Crows Nest is a great community with great community spirit, so to have an [alleged] murder in their community creates a lot of angst and concern.”
Mr Jones did not appear when the matter was mentioned in court. Also, his lawyers did not apply for bail when the case was heard in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
This case will return to Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 20, 2022.