Toowoomba, Queensland: Man and woman charged with murder over eight-year-old girl’s death

Couple charged with eight-year-old girl’s alleged torture and murder are named – as they appear ’emotionless’ in court and the husband refuses judge’s offer to get him a lawyer

  • A man, 50 and a woman, 46, were arrested after police found girl dead at a home
  • Police found eight-year-old girl at a home in Rangeville, Toowoomba on Saturday
  • They are charged with murder, torture and failing to provide necessities of life
  • Married couple appeared ’emotionless’ in court and refused offer of a lawyer


A married couple has appeared ’emotionless’ in a Queensland court on charges of alleged murder and torture after an eight-year-old girl was found dead in a suburban home.

Jason Richard Struhs, 50, and Kerrie Elizabeth Struhs, 46, appeared in Toowoomba Magistrates Court looking ’emotionless’ and Mr Struhs refusing an offer of legal counsel to represent him, the The Toowoomba Chronicle reported.

The couple was arrested after the eight-year-old girl’s lifeless body was discovered inside a home in Rangeville in south-east Queensland last Saturday afternoon.

They appeared in court via video link from the Toowoomba Police watch house, where they have been in custody since their arrest.

Officers were called to the home in Toowoomba’s south-eastern suburbs about 5.30pm on Saturaday, with a neighbour witnessing a paramedic running from the home ‘in tears’ after finding the girl’s body.

Urged by Toowoomba Magistrate Kay Philipson on Wednesday to seek legal aid for the ‘very serious matters’, Mr Struhs twice declined to do so, saying ‘No thankyou’ and informing her, ‘I won’t be applying for bail’.

Jason and Kerrie Struhs have previously lived in the Queensland town of Gatton, where Mrs Struhs ran a business and was a market stallholder.

A man and a woman have been charged with murder and torture after an eight-year-old girl was found dead at a suburban home (file image)

‘Within minutes there were police everywhere,’ the neighbour told The Toowoomba Chronicle.

Queensland Police launched an investigation with the support of the Child Trauma Unit and the Homicide Investigation Unit and both adults were charged on Tuesday.

Police said the man and woman, who were both from Toowoomba, were known to the child.

The two adults were charged on Tuesday with murder, torture and failing to provide the necessities of life (file image)

The two adults were charged on Tuesday with murder, torture and failing to provide the necessities of life (file image)

The neighbour said he saw a large crowd gathered outside the home on Saturday.

‘The family kept to themselves,’ he said. ‘No-one in our street knows them or what happened.’

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