A MAN charged over the murder and decapitation of Morgan Jay Shepherd has been granted special security measures to protect him from his co-accused.
Christopher Clark Jones, 21, from the northern Brisbane suburb of Sandgate, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday for mention and to seek a special request for separation from his co-accused.
On April 1, the headless body of 17-year-old Jay was found by farmers on a property at Dayboro, north-west of Brisbane.
Jones was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse as was his co-accused James Patrick Roughan, 25, also from Sandgate.
Neither applied for bail at the time.
In court yesterday, Jones' lawyer Jim Coburn asked Magistrate Leanne O'Shea for Jones and Roughan to be kept separate at all times while in custody because Jones had reason to be concerned about his safety.
He also asked that Jones be excused from appearing at all mentions of his case until his actual hearing to ensure the pair do not cross paths.
Ms O'Shea granted both requests and ordered the case against both men be mentioned again, in the absence of Jones, on May 30.
In total, five men have been charged over the murder.
Isaac Immanuel Murdoch, 19, from Sandgate, Kristopher Adam O'Brien, 18, from Nundah in Brisbane's north and Rohan Ernst Neuherz, 21, from bayside Hemmant, have been charged with being accessaries after the fact to murder and interfering with a corpse.
They appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court last week and were granted bail.