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Former reality TV star in stolen car with ‘Lizard Man’ when he threatened to kill people

A former reality TV star has said he was with Bronson ‘Lizard Man’ Ellery in a stolen car on the same night the murderer stormed a property wielding a sawn-off rifle and a machete, threatening to ‘chop up’ two people. 

Five days later, Ellery, 24, the former bikie whose face and body was plastered with signature tattoos, was found dead in his Gold Coast apartment.

His body was discovered next to his ex-girlfriend Shelsea Schilling, 20, who he had bashed and strangled to death. 

Christopher Paul Lowden, 23, a former reality TV contestant with a history of criminal offences, was one of five people inside Ellery’s unit as the horrific murder unfolded, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.  

A former reality TV star (right) has said he was with Bronson 'Lizard Man' Ellery (left) in a stolen car on the same night the murderer stormed a property wielding a sawn-off rifle and a machete, threatening to 'chop up' two people

A former reality TV star (right) has said he was with Bronson ‘Lizard Man’ Ellery (left) in a stolen car on the same night the murderer stormed a property wielding a sawn-off rifle and a machete, threatening to ‘chop up’ two people

Five days later, Ellery, 24, the former bikie whose face and body was plastered with signature tattoos, (pictured) was found dead his Gold Coast apartment, in an apparent murder suicide 

Five days later, Ellery, 24, the former bikie whose face and body was plastered with signature tattoos, (pictured) was found dead his Gold Coast apartment, in an apparent murder suicide 

Lowden cannot be charged in relation to Ms Schilling’s death or the failure to rescue someone in need because Queensland does not have a bystander responsibility law. 

However, Lowden did plead guilty in Southport District Court on Friday to one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, the same car that was stolen the night Ellery invaded a home at Highland Park.  

Lowden said it was Ellery who drove the car, but admitted he was a passenger, saying he did not steal the vehicle but knew it was stolen.

The former TV personality who featured on World’s Strictest Parents when he was 16, has spent the past 20 months in jail.

Christopher Paul Lowden, 23, (left) a former reality TV contestant with a history of criminal offences, was one of five people inside Ellery’s unit on the day of Shelsea Schilling, 20, (right) was bashed and strangled to death

Christopher Paul Lowden, 23, (left) a former reality TV contestant with a history of criminal offences, was one of five people inside Ellery’s unit on the day of Shelsea Schilling, 20, (right) was bashed and strangled to death

Christopher Paul Lowden, 23, (left) a former reality TV contestant with a history of criminal offences, was one of five people inside Ellery’s unit on the day of Shelsea Schilling, 20, (right) was bashed and strangled to death

Prior to 'Lizard Man's' death, the 24-year-old spent time in and out of jail including for breaching a domestic violence order Ms Schilling (left) had taken out against him

Prior to ‘Lizard Man’s’ death, the 24-year-old spent time in and out of jail including for breaching a domestic violence order Ms Schilling (left) had taken out against him

Lowden appeared on the show which featured misbehaving Australian teens who were sent overseas to ‘strict’ parents when he was 16.

The robbery charges against Lowden were dropped due to insufficient evidence, though he will be sentenced in relation to the stolen car on June 21.

Through Lowden’s lawyer, Danielle Heable of Dib & Associates, he said he did not want to comment about Ellery, or the murder of Schilling.  

However, he ‘contended his innocence throughout the course of the matter’ in relation to the robbery charges, Ms Heable said.

Lowden’s criminal history includes offences such as fraud, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and theft.  

Ms Schilling had gone missing three days before she was found dead in Ellery's apartment 

Ms Schilling had gone missing three days before she was found dead in Ellery’s apartment 

The former TV personality (pictured) who featured on World's Strictest Parents when he 16, has spent the past 20 months in jail

The former TV personality (pictured) who featured on World’s Strictest Parents when he 16, has spent the past 20 months in jail

Prior to ‘Lizard Man’s’ death, the 24-year-old spent time in and out of jail including for breaching a domestic violence order Ms Schilling had taken out against him. 

Ms Schilling had gone missing three days before she was found dead in Ellery’s apartment.

After knocking her unconscious and suffocating her with a pillow, Ellery slipped into a suit and put on his favourite tune before taking a lethal mix of drugs and laying himself next to her lifeless body.

Another woman, Jasmine O’Neil, who was in the Southport unit when Ellery suffocated Ms Schilling, pleaded guilty last November to being involved in the home invasion.

She was sentenced to two and a half years prison and was released on parole on February 20.

Nick Blandthorne (right), a friend of Lizard Man found the bodies after Ellery knocked his ex-girlfriend unconscious and suffocating her with a pillow

Nick Blandthorne (right), a friend of Lizard Man found the bodies after Ellery knocked his ex-girlfriend unconscious and suffocating her with a pillow

 

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