The man accused of murdering French student Sophie Collombet has appeared briefly in a Brisbane court.
The 25-year-old, who cannot be named, did not look at anyone in the courtroom and kept his eyes firmly fixed on the ground as Magistrate Ann Thacker adjourned his case until May 19.
He made no application for bail.
His mother and aunt sat quietly in the back of Brisbane Magistrates Court during the brief appearance on Wednesday.
Outside court, defence lawyer Michael Bosscher spoke on behalf of family.
His mother stood behind him clutching what appeared to be a photo of her son as a child.
“He’s distressed, given the circumstances he finds himself in, but otherwise in relatively good health and spirits,” Mr Bosscher told reporters.
Mr Bosscher said the accused man’s family was distraught.
“Not only because their son is in custody, but because they have a real and genuine empathy for the victim in this matter and her family,” he said.
The lawyer said his client had not told him how he would plead.
“I have not delved down into the details of the instructions at this point,” he said.
The 25-year-old was picked up by detectives in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast on Monday following a public appeal for information about his whereabouts. He was extradited to Queensland on Tuesday.
He also faces charges of rape, deprivation of liberty and armed robbery.
Ms Collombet’s naked and battered body was found in a rotunda at Kurilpa Park at South Bank on March 28.
A vigil will be held in her honour in Brisbane on Thursday, marking two weeks since her death.