Man charged with murder after police storm Brisbane hotel to end siege

 brisbanetimes.com.au  7/13/2018 10:10:23 PM 

Man charged with murder after police storm Brisbane hotel to end siege

A man wanted over the death of another man north of Brisbane has been arrested by specialist police after a four-hour siege on Friday night.

The 39-year-old Lee Matthew Hillier was later charged with murder. The matter was adjourned until August 6 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning. Hillier did not appear in court.

Police surrounded the Carseldine hotel on Friday night.

Police surrounded the Carseldine hotel on Friday night.

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An emergency situation was declared at about 8.20pm on Friday for the area around Denver Road in Carseldine on Brisbane's northside and negotiators were called in to speak with the man.

The exclusion zone bordered Denver Street, Lucinda Street, McCallum Street and Gympie Road.

A police service spokeswoman said the man was believed to be alone and residents were asked to stay indoors as police continued their negotiations.

Specialist officers raided the hotel room where Hillier, who lives in Eatons Hill in the Moreton Bay region, was allegedly holed up just before 12.30am on Saturday. He was arrested and later charged.

On Friday morning, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen had urged Hillier to turn himself in and speak to police over the death of 41-year-old Nathan Frazer.

Nathan Frazer, 41, was stabbed to death in Murrumba Downs north of Brisbane on Thursday.

Nathan Frazer, 41, was stabbed to death in Murrumba Downs north of Brisbane on Thursday.

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Mr Frazer, a father and former Army member, was found dead by emergency services on Blyth Road in Murrumba Downs about 5.45am on Thursday. It will be alleged he was stabbed several times.

A 19-year-old woman who was with Mr Frazer called triple-zero, but he died minutes before paramedics arrived.

It will be alleged Hillier was an associate of the victim and was also known to the woman, who was uninjured but deeply distressed.

A major investigation centre at Petrie Police Station was launched and Hillier was identified as a person of interest just over 24 hours after Mr Frazer's body was found.

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