Student charged with killing teen girlfriend shouted ‘I am a murderer’ in Newcastle court

‘I wrapped my hands around her throat’: Uni student, 20, accused of killing his teenage girlfriend ignores his lawyer to scream ‘I am a murderer’ in court

  • Emerald Wardle, 18, and Jordan Brodie Miller, 20, were in a new relationship
  • On Saturday, Miller was charged with his girlfriend’s murder in Maitland, NSW  
  • He appeared in Newcastle Bail Court where he repeatedly said ‘I am a murderer’

A university student accused of killing his teenage girlfriend repeatedly told the court he was a ‘murderer’ despite pleas from his lawyer to stop talking.

Jordan Brodie Miller, 20, is accused of killing his 18-year-old girlfriend Emerald Wardle at his parents’ home in Maitland, north of Sydney, on Saturday morning.

He appeared via video link in Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday charged with her murder.

‘I am a murderer,’ Miller repeatedly said into his microphone, The Daily Telegraph reported.  

‘I wrapped my hands around Emerald Wardle’s throat.’

Emerald Wardle, 18, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend Jordan Brodie Miller, 20, at his parent’s home

He later told the court Emerald was lying down in bed in the moments before her death, before adding that he had stolen her car on the Thursday night prior. 

His legal aid solicitor Gillian Jewison repeatedly asked her client to remain silent.

Miller reportedly again asked the court if he had a legal right to continue talking and wanted to say more. 

Registrar Steve Mannell eventually asked the court to end the video stream with Miller.

Ms Jewison applied for a suppression order, and said her client’s right to a fair trial could be compromised if his in court outbursts were made public.

The court also heard there were concerns about Miller’s mental health.  

When emergency services arrived at the scene on Saturday morning, neighbours claimed to have heard a man screaming about ‘demons’.

Ms Wardle (pictured left) was living with Miller and his parents in Maitland NSW

Ms Wardle (pictured left) was living with Miller and his parents in Maitland NSW

According to the Daily Telegraph, the pair had not been dating long but it is understood both Miller and Ms Wardle lived at the property. 

Police arrived at the property about 1.30am where they allegedly saw Miller standing outside and unarmed. 

An altercation allegedly ensued between Miller and police before he was arrested.  

Following his arrest, police entered the home where they found Ms Wardle’s dead body.  

Ms Wardle was found dead at Miller's parent's house (pictured) in Maitland, NSW

Ms Wardle was found dead at Miller’s parent’s house (pictured) in Maitland, NSW 

Police found Ms Wardle's (pictured left) dead body inside the Maitland home

Police found Ms Wardle’s (pictured left) dead body inside the Maitland home  

Ms Wardle is the 32nd Australian woman tragically lost to murder or manslaughter in 2020.

Her friends took to social media expressing their heartache upon hearing the news of her horrific death.

‘You didn’t deserve this baby girl, your life had only just started and it was taken… I treasure you, I treasure our memories and I’ll forever love you Emmy,’ one person wrote.

‘RIP sweetie you didn’t deserve this at all no matter what,’ another commented. 

‘I’m devastated she was a lovely girl and she would wave and say hi. She is one house from me in a very small loving quiet neighbourhood we are all shocked and very sad rip beautiful girl,’ someone else wrote. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. 

Homicide detectives are investigating Ms Wardle's (pictured) horrific death and believe she may have been strangled

Homicide detectives are investigating Ms Wardle’s (pictured) horrific death and believe she may have been strangled