Crocodile tour guide arrested for FNQ murder

In Government, National Headlines, Queensland

PHOTOS: The site of Ms La Spina’s death, and right, Jo La Spina.

Murder suspect in Jo La Spina case to front court

From the Cairns Post, 29th April 2014

MUSA Brandon Ngwira is expected to be formally charged with the murder of Jo La Spina (pictured) when he fronts Cairns Magistrates Court tomorrow

The 31-year-old South Mission Beach man, who worked as a crocodile tour guide, was arrested in Sydney on Sunday afternoon.

Magistrate Jacqueline Trad granted his extradition back to Cairns yesterday in the Sutherland Local Court.

Far North police Detective Acting Inspector Kevin Goan confirmed the offence listed on the arrest warrant was murder.

The 26-year-old woman’s body was found in a two-storey townhouse on Bingil Bay Rd on Easter Saturday.

Mr Ngwira will tomorrow be brought back to Cairns by detectives and appear in the Cairns court.

He had allegedly been staying in Sydney for several days prior to his arrest before detectives decided to swoop on Sunday.

“We had reached a point of the investigation where we had the required standard of proof to bring about a successful prosecution,” Acting Insp. Goan said.

“We were supported by the New South Wales Homicide Investigation group in bringing him into custody. We’re also thankful of the support of the Bingil Bay and Mission Beach area with their willingness to provide information.”

Mr Ngwira was arrested at a residential unit and Acting Insp. Goan said he was taken into custody “without incident”.

Detectives will stay in Sydney today to continue investigations, including speaking with a woman he had allegedly been staying with before his arrest.

Police had been tracking the man’s movements ever since he was released from two days in police custody last Monday.

“We knew as soon as he got on the plane,’’ said Acting Insp. Goan.

NSW Police Homicide squad detectives had him under surveillance as a team of Queensland detectives waited on DNA and forensic tests, a post-mortem, CCTV footage, and witness statements.

“It has been a concerted effort to bring this person into custody,’’ Acting Insp. Goan said.

THE family and friends of a north Queensland woman murdered at the weekend have remembered her as a “beautiful’’, “pure’’ person.

From the Courier Mail, 22nd April 2014

Jo La Spina, 26, was found about 5pm on Saturday at Bingil Bay, near Tully, outside a home where she had planned to stay the night.

Police were yesterday speaking to a man in relation to the matter after launching a murder investigation in the tourist town, 130km south of Cairns.

A family spokeswoman told The Courier-Mail last night the family was coming to terms with Ms La Spina’s death.

“She was every beautiful word known to man,” she said. “Jo was everything, she was a pure, pure person.

“You couldn’t meet anyone more beautiful than that woman. That girl was heaven.”

Friend Wendy Keogh- Palmer said she was loved.

“She was a beautiful, kind-hearted girl whose smile would fill up a room,” she said.

“She loved life, and it is so unfair someone has taken that from her.”

Ms La Spina worked at far northern tour operator Raging Thunder, where she was employed as a photographer for the white water rafting company.

Women murdered in north Queensland

Raging Thunder owner Fred Ariel yesterday paid tribute to Ms La Spina, whose death had been deeply felt by staff.

“She was well liked and well respected by the entire crew,” Mr Ariel said.

He said the company stopped operations in Tully on Sunday out of respect for the popular staff member.

“Nobody was in the mood to work and it wasn’t right to be on the river,” Mr Ariel said.

“She was very well liked and the whole company is extremely upset.

“It’s very sad and it’s affected the whole company.”

It is understood Ms La Spina’s mother also works for Raging Thunder.

Police were yesterday tight-lipped about the circumstances of Ms La Spina’s death, but confirmed a person was assisting with their investigation.

Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Bruno Asnicar said work on the case was progressing well.

“We are looking at somebody but at this stage we just can’t say any more,” he said. “We are treating this death as suspicious.”

A forensic pathologist yesterday began investigating to determine the cause of death.

Acting Supt Asnicar said it could take several days for the results of the tests to be known.

Tributes flow for woman found dead in Bingil Bay home

From Cairns Post, 22nd April 2014

STAFF at a prominent Far Northern tour operator are mourning the death of a popular staff member who was found dead in a Bingil Bay townhouse at the weekend.

Jo La Spina, 26, was found about 5pm on Saturday by the occupant of the Bingil Bay Rd home where she had planned to stay the night.

Police were yesterday speaking to a man in relation to the matter after launching a homicide investigation in the quiet tourist town, 130km south of Cairns.

Ms La Spina, of nearby Feluga, worked as a photographer for white water rafting company Raging Thunder in Tully, where she had been employed for the past 2½ years.

Raging Thunder owner Fred Ariel yesterday paid tribute to Ms La Spina, whose death had been deeply felt by staff.

“She was well liked and well respected by the entire crew,” Mr Ariel told The Cairns Post.

He said the company stopped operations in Tully on Sunday out of respect for the popular staff member.

“Nobody was in the mood to work and it wasn’t right to be on the river,” he said.

“She was very well liked and the whole company is extremely upset.

“It’s very sad and it’s affected the whole company.”

It is understood her mother also works for Raging ­Thunder.

Police were yesterday tight-lipped about the circumstances of Ms La Spina’s death, but confirmed a person was assisting with their investigation.

Regional Crime Co-ordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Bruno Asnicar said the investigation was progressing well.

“We are looking at somebody but at this stage we just can’t say any more,” Acting Supt Asnicar said.

“We are treating this death as suspicious.”

A forensic pathologist yesterday began investigating to determine the cause of death.

Acting Supt Asnicar said it could take several days for the results of the tests to be known.

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