Man charged with murder after motel siege

Man charged with murder after motel siege

A MAN charged with murder after police stormed a motel room in Brisbane’s north overnight, ending a three-hour siege, has had his case mentioned in court.

Lee Matthew Hillier, 39, remained in the cells this morning at Brisbane Magistrates Court while his Legal Aid solicitor Axel Beard asked for his case to be adjourned without applying for bail.

media_camera Police at the Comfort Inn, Carseldine, as they negotiated with a man inside. Picture: AAP/Josh Woning

Hillier was arrested last night after police stormed a motel room in Carseldine, ending a three-hour siege.

Officers had closed off streets and established an exclusion zone around the motel Friday night as they investigated the fatal stabbing of a man on Thursday.

An emergency situation was declared by police about 9pm on Friday with an exclusion zone put in place in Denver St, Lucinda St, McCallum St and Gympie Rd.

media_camera Lee Matthew Hillier had been wanted for questioning over the stabbing.

They had negotiated with Hillier, who was inside the motel room, until just after midnight when officers stormed the building.

Hillier was arrested at the scene and the emergency situation revoked at about 12.25am.

“Specialist police entered a hotel room just after midnight and the man who was subject to an earlier public appeal was taken into custody,” police said today.

Police had released Hillier’s name and photo on Friday morning as they investigated the stabbing death of former soldier Nathan Frazer. Mr Frazer was fatally stabbed on a Murrumba Downs road early on Thursday.

media_camera Police at a motel at Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north, where are they were believed to be negotiating with a man wanted for questioning over a fatal stabbing. Picture: Josh Woning/AAP

Hillier was charged with murder early this morning, before his case was heard in court. He is due back in court on August 6.

Yesterday relatives paid tribute to Mr Frazer, an Indigenous man who died from wounds to his face and chest.

“He was a strong Bidjara man; knew how to track, hunt, clean and cook game in the traditional way,” cousin Stephen Passmore said.

“(There’s) nothing he wouldn’t do for friends or family.”

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