A man who strangled his former partner on the Gold Coast and took their children goes to court

Logan’s mother’s family members went to “fight for their lives” after her ex-partner strangled her and left with her baby, saying she and the boy “did not deserve” the events.

Reo Te Whetu Marama Marsh was indicted by the Richlands Magistrates Court this morning for grievous bodily harm and strangulation.

The 34-year-old was arrested in Oxley early Sunday morning, several hours after police called for a disturbance in a Gold Coast housing complex.

Police allege he attacked Mary Benedito at the Southport unit on Saturday afternoon before leaving with their 11-month-old son.

CCTV footage of an alleged crime carrying a couple’s child
CCTV footage of Reo Te Whetu from Marama Marsh carrying the couple’s child.(Delivery: Queensland Police)

Rescue authorities found the 25-year-old woman unresponsive and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

He is still in serious condition at the hospital.

A yellow alarm given to the couple by police, two women known to the man, took the child to the Crestmead police station.

Marsh’s lawyer did not file an application for bail in a short-term court on Monday and the case was adjourned.

The matter will be revisited next year in Southport.

Outside the court, the woman’s cousin Suli Patterson said Benedito was “still fighting for his life” at the hospital.

“It’s a pretty sad incident – no one deserved this,” he said.

“His poor son is lying there waiting for his mother to return; it’s not fair.”

He said other family members had difficulty traveling to Queensland to support Ms Benedito due to border restrictions.

“Everyone in New Zealand is trying to come to him,” he said.


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