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Man linked to toddler death remains in custody at Grafton

An unmarked Queensland police car was at Grafton Police Station this morning.
An unmarked Queensland police car was at Grafton Police Station this morning.

GRAFTON Local Court has refused a bail application from a 45-year-old Queensland man arrested after a routine traffic infringement on the Pacific Highway at Grafton yesterday.

The man, from Brisbane, appeared in a closed court bail hearing where a non-publication order was placed on his name.

Outside the court Grafton solicitor Greg Coombes, who represented him in court this morning, said bail had been refused.

He said the man had been apprehended for traffic matters including driving unregistered, uninsured and while disqualified. A further outstanding warrant for his arrest in Queensland was discovered once police had him in the station.

Mr Coombes said police were interested in the man for an unrelated matter and he would be interviewed today.

He would not confirm or deny the man was helping police with their investigation of the death of three-year-old Kyhesha-Lee Joughin, whose body was found in a house in the north Brisbane suburb of Petrie on Saturday.

Brisbane media reported Metropolitan North Region police were called to the house where the girl was living with her father. Crime and scientific officers established a crime scene at 3pm on Saturday after attempts to revive the toddler failed.

Forensic teams then swept Old Dayboro Rd apartment and its windows for fingerprints to begin the process of establishing the circumstances of the young girl's death.

They took several statements, including from the young girl's parents. Police are also awaiting the results of a post mortem.

On Sunday night, Petrie detectives travelled to Grafton, in northern NSW, to interview a man they said might be able to assist with investigations.

That man continues to assist police with their investigation on Monday.

He is the only person assisting police at this time, a QPS spokesman said.

An unmarked police car with Queensland number plates was parked outside Grafton Police Station this morning.

Topics:  brisbane, grafton local court, kyhesha-lee joughin, murder, toddler death


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