Shandee Blackburn's mum 'felt sick' seeing accused
MOTHER Vicki Blackburn "just felt sick" as the man accused of murdering her daughter Shandee caught her eye.
John Peros, 32, was sitting in the prisoner's dock of Brisbane Magistrates Court where he was formally charged with murder and robbery with wounding.
Lawyer Andrew Bale said he wished he could stop the matter returning to Mackay but suspected he could not.
He said the police brief was 90% prepared.
"Mr Peros is doing reasonably well in all of the circumstances," he said outside the court.
"He's given me instructions he's going to be contesting all of the matters.
"When the time comes the matter will be litigated in a court, not in the media."
The case was adjourned to Mackay Magistrates Court for a committal mention on October 9.
Outside court, Mr Bale implied there could be a Supreme Court bail application pending.
"Maybe," he replied to the question.
Ms Blackburn was wearing a near fluro lime green jacket, her husband Paul Beadmore wore a tie in the same colour while sister Shannah wore a skirt in the bright shade.
"Shandee's favourite colour was fluro green," she said outside court.
"So all family occasions with Shandee now we wear her colours to represent her."
Shannah said it was difficult seeing the man accused of killing her sister.
"I don't think there's a word that can explain that," she said.
Shannah said it was "quite surreal" learning on Thursday that someone had been charged.
"For us we still know there's still such a long way to go but to get to this point is the first step on this long road but it's a step in the right direction," she said.
John Peros fronts court over alleged murder of Shandee Blackburn
Peros sat straight-backed and stared ahead in the prisoner's dock awaiting his first court appearance charged with the murder of the Mackay 23-year-old.
His eyes darted around the room as he was brought into Brisbane Magistrates Court, settling his gaze briefly on members of the media and his alleged victim's family.
But the 32-year-old was whisked away just minutes after he arrived, other cases going before him.
The case was then heard a short time later, lasting about 30 seconds.
Shandee's mum Vicki Blackburn sat in the front row of the public gallery in a fluro lime-yellow jacket holding hands with husband Paul Beadmore, who had a matching tie.
Shandee loved fluro colours - her coffin was a similar colour.
Other family members arrived soon after, Shandee's sister Shannah also wearing a skirt in the same shade, and they all shifted to sit together.
Mr Peros is charged with murder and robbery with wounding after Shandee, 23, was found with multiple stab wounds on Mackay's Boddington St.
She died in the early hours of February 9 last year in Mackay Base Hospital.
The crime shocked the Central Queensland town.
Shandee was just a block from her home, walking a well-worn route home from a shift working at the Harrup Park Country Club.
Mr Peros' case was heard very briefly before Magistrate Noel Nunan.
The Mackay man was remanded in custody to appear for a committal mention on October 9.
He cannot apply for bail in the magistrates court.
- APN NEWSDESK