Mother charged with murdering adult son and daughter

Gold Coast and homicide squad detectives have arrested a 51-year-old woman in connection with a prolonged homicide investigation into two deaths. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

A Queensland woman has been charged with murdering two of her adult children who were found dead years apart on the Gold Coast. 

Maree Mavis Crabtree, originally from Sydney, is also accused of falsely claiming a half-million-dollar insurance payment and trying to claim a superannuation death benefit of $125,000. 

She appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon, before the matter was adjourned to later in the day.Police allege the 51-year-old woman, who was arrested in the southern Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo on Wednesday morning, murdered her 18-year-old daughter, Erin, and 26-year-old son, Jonathan, five years apart.She also faces a torture charge relating to a 25-year-old woman dating from 2010 to 2017.The 18-year-old was found dead at their home in the Gold Coast suburb of Maudsland on September 4, 2012, and her 26-year-old son was found dead on July 18, 2017, at their new home in nearby Upper Coomera.Ms Crabtree is also accused of trying to claim almost $240,000 from a Total and Permanent Disability claim between January 23 and August 8, 2017.The alleged attempted death benefit policy claim dated from March 3 to September 22 last year, and the $567,863 insurance payment allegation was between March 5, 2011, and September 22, 2017.Ms Crabtree was also charged over the alleged knife-wielding robbery of a Gold Coast chemist on March 29, 2015. 

A woman has been arrested in connection with the suspected murders of a man and a woman found dead years apart on the Gold Coast.

Detectives and homicide squad detectives launched a “prolonged” investigation after a 26-year-old man was found dead at an Upper Coomera address in July last year, a police spokeswoman said.

Years earlier, in September 2012, an 18-year-old woman was found dead in Maudsland, also on the Gold Coast, the spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday morning, a woman, believed to be 51, was arrested in Coorparoo and taken to the Brisbane Watchhouse.

A police spokeswoman said she was living in Maudsland and Upper Coomera at the times the bodies were found.

Police were yet to lay charges.