A man has been charged after being accused of helping Gold Coast woman Kelly Wilkinson’s estranged husband carry out her alleged murder.
The 25-year-old Pimpama man was arrested and charged on Tuesday over 27-year-old Wilkinson’s death on April 20.
The man has been accused of knowing about Brian Earl Johnston’s alleged intention to murder her.
He also allegedly committed acts that aided him allegedly doing so, including driving him to the premises where she was killed and helping him procure accelerant.
“This male person is known to Kelly’s estranged husband and was aware of his intent to murder her before he did,” said Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn.
“And it will be alleged he did some acts preparatory to the murder, that assisted Kelly’s estranged husband to committing her murder.
“He was involved in transporting Kelly’s estranged husband to her house on the morning of her murder and had some involvement in procuring items like fuel that were used to perpetrate her murder.
“Prior to the murder, they did stop at a fuel station, and fuel was obtained in a jerry can.
“As a result, he has been charged with murder.”
The man, who was a colleague of Johnston, was arrested at a Coomera business on Tuesday morning.
Johnston has been accused of tying up the mother-of-three before setting her alight at her Arundel home.
The 34-year-old former US Marine was also charged with breaching a domestic violence order and his bail conditions.
When Johnston was arrested just two blocks from the home, he was suffering burns to his hands and possibly his airway.
He was transferred to the burns unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for treatment.
Johnston remains in custody after being refused bail.
The second man has been refused bail and will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.