Alleged killer wakes from coma

The man accused of killing Gold Coast mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson has woken from a coma 10 days after his alleged attack.

The accused killer of mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson has been formally charged with murder after spending 10 days in a coma.

Police visited Brian Earl Johnston at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he has been under guard and in an induced coma for 10 days.

Ms Wilkinson’s burned body was found in the rear of a Gold Coast house on April 20 while Johnston, 34, was located nearby shortly after, police say, suffering serious burns to his hands and airway.

Johnston’s lawyer Chris Hannay confirmed to NCA NewsWire police had formally charged his client with murder on Friday

He said he instructed Johnston, who was heavily medicated and struggling to talk, not to be interviewed.

“I saw him this morning, with two police officers, and wanted to talk to him and confirm what has happened so far with his charges and was told he had been charged with murder,” Mr Hannay said.

“Police wanted to interview him but we obviously rejected that as he wasn’t in any position to do an interview.

“He was able to speak to me in a whisper, obviously his throat is sore and I understand he has been out of a coma since yesterday and was coherent.

“He nodded and whispered ‘yes’, and police had informed him he had been charged with murder and he said ‘yes’, but made no comment about it and he didn’t even mention the incident to me.

“He was not in any fit state and was still heavily medicated.”

Mr Hannay said Johnston wanted to retain him as his representative.

More to come…

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