Horrific details emerge about the alleged torture and killing of a seven-month-old baby as the boy’s ‘deeply religious’ parents appear in court charged with murder
- Paramedics found baby boy unresponsive after being called to a family home
- Parents of seven-month-old Rhuan have been charged with torture and murder
- Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and Noemi Kondacs, 22, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court
- Police chief spoke of the ‘horrendous and confronting scene’ found by officers
A father allegedly tortured his seven-month-old baby son with an ‘offensive instrument’ for months before he and the boy’s mother allegedly murdered him.
South African-born Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and German-born Noemi Kondacs, 22, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court via video link on Friday.
They are charged with one count each of murder and torture of their child, Rhuan Immanuel. Youth care worker Bosch also faces one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.
Ambulance officers had called police to the home on Mount Samson Road in Yugar, north of Brisbane, about 6.45am on Thursday after they found the boy unresponsive.
‘Getting a brief from my officers, it was just the most horrendous and confronting scene that you could ever face as a police officer,’ Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told ABC radio on Friday.
Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and Noemi Kondacs, 22, appeared via video link in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday after they were charged with one count each of murder and torture
The couple, said to be deeply religious, were taken into custody at the scene where the infant was located deceased, police said.
Police allege the father used the unidentified instrument on the child for almost his whole life from April until November.
Court documents allege Bosch tortured Rhuan and assaulted him while armed with an offensive instrument causing bodily harm between April 11 and November 2.
He and the Kondacs allegedly murdered the baby on November 2, before his body was found by the paramedics the following morning.
It’s alleged the parents prayed over the child for his recovery until they phoned for an ambulance when he was found unresponsive.
Ambulance officers called police to a home on Mount Samson Road in Yugar, north of Brisbane, about 6.45am on Thursday after they found the boy unresponsive
‘At this stage we have no information that would suggest the child has any underlying health issues,’ Detective Inspector David Jackman said on Thursday.
‘The investigations uncovered injuries to the child that are enough for us to charge with murder.’
Bosch made the initial call to paramedics, Det Insp Jackman said.
The couple were not previously known to police, and nor was the address.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said officers found a ‘horrendous and confronting scene’ at the home
Mark Platt from Sun and Co Lawyers represented the co-accused during their brief mentions and said alternative representation is being sought for Kondacs.
Bosch and Kondacs only spoke when asked if they could hear the judge.
Bosch faces an additional charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.
The Magistrates Court does not have jurisdiction to hear bail applications for murder charges, and their matters were adjourned for December 5.
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