Woman accused of Jarrad Lovison murder in ‘sensitive, traumatic state’ behind bars

A young woman charged over the death of Newborough man Jarrad Lovison is in a "very sensitive, traumatic state" behind bars, a court has been told.

Samantha Guillerme.Credit: 

Samantha Grace Guillerme, 24, from Moe, is one of three people charged with murder over the death.

Mr Lovison, 37, was last seen on the side of a rural highway near Moe during the early hours of April 1. His body was found in bushland at Moondarra on May 23 following extensive appeals for information.

Raids across the east of the state in October led to a number of arrests. Ms Guillerme, Jake Brown, 28, and Andrew Price, 47, were charged with murder and remanded in custody to reappear in court in January.

Ms Guillerme had made an application for bail that was to be heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Tuesday.

However, during a short online hearing on Tuesday morning her lawyer John Desmond said the application was withdrawn.

“Gentle giant” Jarrad Lovison.

Justice Paul Coghlan said the brief of evidence, which was received by Ms Guillerme's lawyers after the bail application was made, was unusually lengthy.

"I must say, even from my own point of view, the amount of work involved in the reading of the whole summary is a pretty big task in comparison with other cases," he said.

Mr Desmond responded: "It's War and Peace, that summary. It's a heavy read."

He said his client had never been in custody before, adding: "She's in a very sensitive, traumatic state."

Justice Coghlan said he hoped conditions in custody would start to improve as Australia suppressed COVID-19.

After charges were laid in October, Mr Lovison's family thanked police and the community for their support.

His parents, John and Dianne Lovison, said in a statement they were "so heartbroken".

"We would also like to thank all of Jay’s friends and all the people that helped with all the information given to police that has got us to where we are today," they said.

During an earlier appeal for information before Mr Lovison's body was found, his father said the family was "living in hell" not knowing what had happened to their boy, who was described as a 215-centimetre "gentle giant".

Samantha Grace Guillerme, 24, Jake Brown, 28, and Andrew Price, 47, have been charged.Credit: 

"It's just hard, it's just so hard, it's been nearly six months and we cry a lot, we scream a lot, we wonder a lot. Jarrad wasn’t perfect but he was a bloody good kid. He didn’t deserve this," he said at the time.

Mr Brown and Mr Price are next due to face court on January 7.

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