Special hearing for teenagers accused of Maryborough murder

Forensic officers at the property where 45-year-old John Bourke's body was discovered last month. Picture: NONI HYETT
Forensic officers at the property where 45-year-old John Bourke's body was discovered last month. Picture: NONI HYETT

Two teenagers charged with the murder of Maryborough man John Bourke will be held in custody for another 21 days following a special hearing in a Children’s Court on Monday.

As juveniles, the two boys – aged 17 and 15 – cannot be held in remand for longer than 21 days without a special hearing.

Their matters will again be heard in court later this month, for further rollover.

The 17-year-old appeared via videolink for Monday’s special hearing, but the 15-year-old did not.

They are not required to appear for these special hearings to extend their remand.

Mr Bourke, 45, was discovered deceased at a home in Derby Street, Maryborough, shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday, July 15.

Police announced later that day that they deemed his death suspicious.