Brisbane man David Thomas Lee has been charged with the murder of a fallen Australian Army soldier.
Mr Lee, of Brisbane’s West Lakes suburb, has been remanded in custody and has been ordered to appear in court on June 29.
His bail was extended from July 19 to June 29, while he remains at the Brisbane City Jail.
The 34-year-old was charged with murder and a number of other offences after the man’s family were notified of his death.
A spokesperson for the Queensland State Coroner’s Office confirmed the death of Warrant Officer 1st Class Mark Prentice was “unexplained”.
“The investigation is ongoing and a post mortem examination is due to take place,” the spokesperson said.
“Mark Prentice’s family is also entitled to attend.”
Mark Pendergast was one of two Australians killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2009.
Australian Army Warrant Officer Mark Pendergarth (left) was killed in Afghanistan, while Warrant Officer 2nd Class Patrick Thomas Lee (right) died of his wounds in 2010.
In a statement issued by the Queensland Army, Warrant Officer Pendergilst said his father had been working as a labourer for an Australian firm in his native Australia.
He said he had been due to retire at the end of May but was “frightened” by the news of his son’s death.
“His family have been incredibly supportive of his journey through this difficult time,” Warrant Officer 4th Class Thomas Lee said.
“I know that their grief will not be in vain.
I am sure they will find comfort in knowing that their son’s service to his country will always be remembered by the people of Australia and the world.”
The family had been notified of Mark Penders death by a relative in Australia, who alerted authorities.
Family members had previously said they were hoping his death would not impact their son.
Mark Lee had served as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Artillery for two years.
According to his family, he had left a note saying he wanted to go to Afghanistan but that he could not do so for fear of being attacked.
It was the first time they had heard from him since he left the army in 2011.
Mourners gather outside the Brisbane Barracks for Warrant Officer Patrick Lee’s funeral in Brisbane, Australia.
Photo: AP”I’m just so heartbroken to hear about his death,” Mark Lee’s sister, Julie, told AAP.
She said she did not know what caused the soldier’s death but said he was “just a happy, energetic, loving person”.
“He was just a fantastic dad, just a great soldier and loved everyone in the family,” Ms Lee said of her brother.
Ms Lee said her family would “keep him in our thoughts and prayers” and hoped for an outpouring of support.
“It’s just a devastating loss, but at the same time it’s really a blessing in disguise,” she said.
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