Chilling new details have emerged of the double murder of a brother and sister over Easter.
The bodies of Maree Collins, 66, and her brother Wayne Johnson, 62, were found at Ms Collins’ unit in Victoria Park, Perth, on Easter Sunday.
Ms Collins’ neighbour Luke David Fawcett, 27, who lived next door to her, has been charged with the murders.
Fawcett is accused of stabbing Ms Collins to death before staying in her apartment drinking beers and then murdering her brother when he came to look for her the next day.
Their lifeless bodies were discovered on Easter Monday by distraught family members.
Maree Collins, 66
Wayne Johnson, 62
It has now emerged that Fawcett had allegedly driven to Bunnings in east Victoria Park on Saturday, April 4 to buy a shovel.
The next day he allegedly drove to bushland in Mullalyup State Forest, 231km south of Perth, to build a crude makeshift grave.
On Monday, April 6 he returned to Bunnings where he allegedly bought a knife, tarpaulin and gaffer tape.
On Saturday, April 11 Fawcett allegedly went to Ms Collins’ home armed with a Taser and knife and stabbed the avid churchgoer multiple times.
She died at the scene and he allegedly wrapped her body in tarpaulin before drinking beers.
Police will allege that Mr Johnson went to the unit to check on his sister the next morning after family members could not get in contact with her.
When he arrived, Fawcett allegedly stabbed him to death.
Family members contacted WA Police on Sunday at about 4.20pm after finding Ms Collins.
It is alleged Fawcett bought a shovel from Bunnings in East Victoria Park (pictured) a week before Ms Collins was found dead
Police found her brother hours later while conducting a search of the property.
Neighbours described hearing screaming from the building around 20 minutes before 15 police cars and two ambulances arrived.
Fawcett was arrested around 9am Monday in Perth’s CBD.
On Saturday the alleged killer faced Northbridge Magistrates Court charged with murder.
Magistrate Edward De Vries remanded Mr Fawcett in custody until he appears at Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on April 29, when bail will be considered.
He was not required to enter a plea in court and was visibly upset and appeared to be in pain, with his arm bandaged and in a sling.
His lawyer Simon Freitag asked Magistrate Edward De Vries if Fawcett could receive medical attention following surgery on his shoulder.
Neighbours described hearing screaming coming from the top of the Leonard Street apartment block (pictured) about 20 minutes before emergency services arrived
Flower tributes have since been placed along the fence surrounding the building, known as the Washington Garden apartments
‘He basically needs to see a nurse reasonably soon. Pain is one thing and I know there are restrictions on pain medication in custody,’ he said, The West Australian reports.
‘He needs someone to organise that shoulder as soon as possible.’
Mr Freitag said his client also needed more of an anti-anxiety medication he had been given in hospital after being arrested.
Tributes have flown in on social media for Ms Collins, a woman of deep faith who was well known in her community at Westpoint church.
‘Very sad and shocked at the sudden loss of our friend and prayer group partner Maree Collins,’ Patricia Goh wrote.
‘A gentle, kind, encouraging and loving person. She loves the Lord and her brother heaps.
‘I remember how she’ll often come up to me at the end of our conferences to thank me for organising them, always with a word of encouragement.
Friends have paid tribute to Maree Collins on Facebook, describing her as a ‘loving caring woman’
‘Condolences to her family and we take comfort that she is with the Lord in heaven. We’ll miss you Maree.’
Sirro Nao has remembered the 66-year-old as ‘a warm friendly loving caring woman’.
My heart is saddened and surprised,’ she wrote.
‘I cant believe it .. it’s you my friend Maree Collins.
‘I will miss you Maree and I will carry on our memories for the rest of my life.
‘Words cannot begin to express the pain.
‘I am deeply sorry.’
DOUBLE MURDER TIMELINE
SATURDAY APRIL 4
- Luke David Fawcett, 27, allegedly buys a shovel from a Bunnings store in East Victoria Park
SUNDAY APRIL 5
- Fawcett allegedly drives to Mullalyup State Forest, 231km south of Perth, and digs a makeshift grave
MONDAY APRIL 6
- Fawcett allegedly returns to Bunnings and purchases rope, tarpaulin, and gaffer tape
SATURDAY APRIL 11
- Fawcett allegedly enters Ms Collins’ unit armed with a long knife and stun gun before repeatedly stabbing her
SUNDAY APRIL 12
- Wayne Johnson, 62, arrives at Ms Collins’ flat to check on his sister and is allegedly killed by Fawcett
MONDAY APRIL 13
Fawcett is arrested by police in Perth’s CBD at 9am following a 17-hour manhunt
MONDAY APRIL 18
Fawcett appears before Northbridge Magistrates Court charged with the murders