Hotel staff uncover horrifying scene as Valentine’s Day ends with alleged grisly murder on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
A 50-year-old man has been charged with domestic violence murder and denied bail after a woman’s body was discovered at a south-east Queensland resort on Valentine’s Day.
Detectives say they found Vanessa Godfrey’s corpse covered in blood on the bed, along with her unconscious husband Jeff Godfrey in the same room at a Pelican Waters resort on the Sunshine Coast on Monday.
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Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard Mr Godfrey, owner of a Bli Bli cleaning business, regain consciousness as police and paramedics arrived at the grim scene on the fourth floor of the Mahogany Drive flat , where he was immediately arrested.
The couple had been married for over 25 years, but were believed to have been separated at the time of the alleged murder, with a relationship on the rocks.
The reason they were together that night – and whether there was a history of violence – is now part of a homicide investigation.
The couple were staying at the resort for a social event over the weekend.
Nearby residents said that over what appeared to be a busy weekend of parties, they heard the couple loudly serenading each other with love songs, as well as yelling, shouting and arguing.
Staff were ordered to carry out a wellness check around 3.35pm, after the Godfreys’ departure time.
They reportedly found Ms Godfrey on the bed “covered in blood” with wounds to her arms and the unconscious man nearby, Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen said on Tuesday.
“When they undertook this (wellness check) they found a dead woman on the bed in the bedroom and there was another unconscious man in the bedroom,” he said.
“It was physically obvious that she was dead.
“She was covered in blood and there were also wounds on her arms.”
Mr. Godfrey was reportedly conscious by the time paramedics arrived and were arrested at the scene.
“It would be very traumatic for anyone to attend…it’s a tragedy that happened here on the Sunshine Coast,” he added.
“We will look at the family dynamics of both parties, what the situation is, but it’s all part of the investigation that we are still working on and that we are working on together.
“We have a woman who lost her life, we have a man who has now been charged with murder, so there is going to be a lot of mourning.”
Almost two years ago to the day, Ms Godfrey had shared a passionate tribute to Mr Godfrey on Facebook on what appeared to be their 24th birthday.
“For the absolute love of my life, when I met you at 17, I could not have imagined the life we would create and build together,” she wrote alongside a photo of marriage.
“You are my best friend, my lover, my companion and my drinking buddy.
“I am so grateful to share my life with you. I love you more than these words and life itself my beautiful husband.
Mr Godfrey has been charged with domestic violence murder and has been refused bail, and is due to appear in court again in May.
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