What a shocking situation for another family, this time in Bracken Ridge Qld…More details to come, but we do know the husband was taken into custody after his car was intercepted on the Bruce Highway following the discovery of his wife’s body this morning…It is alleged he smashed her head with a towball and then stabbed her…A Despicable, gutless, cowardly act
A MAN has faced court charged with the murder of his wife after he allegedly bludgeoned her about the head with a car towball before stabbing her with a knife.
Trevor Ernie Zischke, 53, of Bracken Ridge stared at the floor during his brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where he was accused of murdering his wife Noni, 55, in the bedroom of their home yesterday.
Zischke was arrested when police intercepted his vehicle a few hours later at Morayfield as he headed north towards the Bruce Highway.
Defence lawyer Adam Magill adjourned the case for a mention in June before his client was remanded in custody.
Zischke must go to the Supreme Court if he wants to seek bail, but outside court, Mr Magill said he had no plans to make that application.
“He’s in a terrible state, he’s both emotionally and physically devastated,” he said.
“It’s a tragic end to a very long relationship unfortunately.”
Police are expected to allege Zischke used the towball of a car to bash his wife in the head before stabbing her.
“The facts are very sketchy at this point in time but it does appear that the intention was for him to end his own life but he just couldn’t get to that stage,” Mr Magill said.
Despite the charge, he said Zischke’s family are still supporting him after engaging Mr Magill on Wednesday night.
He confirmed the 53-year-old would be on suicide watch during his time in custody and was more of a threat to himself than anyone else.
“I think there are definitely some mental health issues there. I think the gravity of the whole thing has just hit him now,” he said.
“He’s not in a good way. He’s really struggling with it.”
NEIGHBOURS are “heartbroken” by discovery of Noni Zischke’s body in a Brisbane home. Their reaction follows dramatic roadside arrest of her husband, Trevor Zischke.
Neighbours described the mother of two as a “beautiful lady”.
Mrs Zischke lived at the home with her husband Trevor and adult son Tim. Their adult daughter Nicole had previously moved out.
Mr Zischke was intercepted while driving toward the Bruce Highway this morning.
He was driving a vehicle heading north.
Detectives, scenes of crime officers and forensic experts are at the Tallara St home.
Police cordoned off the street after being called to the double story brick house about 10.20am where they located the body inside.
Lathmahina said he had known the family since 1982.
“My wife and I, we went out shopping (about 9.45am) and when we came back the road was packed with cars and we were just wondering what was happening,” he said.
“We came back from shopping and (Tim Zischke) was already here with his sister Nicole.
“Trevor does the mowing. I help him out sometimes with fixing up the whipper snipper.”
Mr Lathmahina broke down as he described Mrs Zischke.
“I look at them just like my family,” he said.
“They were a very nice family.
“She’s a beautiful lady. She respect me. I respect them.”
Mr Lathmahina said he was “heartbroken”.
“It was just like a surprise,” he said.
“Where I come from (PNG) these is no such thing like this. We just help one another.”
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Detectives driving both marked and unmarked cars detained the man at the entry to the northbound exit onto the Bruce Highway off Buchanan Rd at Morayfield at midday.
He was fitted in a blue suit at the scene, likely in an effort to preserve any forensic evidence.
Police have cordoned off the exit and warned motorists to exercise caution.
Police were called to the double story Bracken Ridge home about 10.20am where the body of a woman was located inside.