General News — 17 July 2012

The case of a father accused of murdering his six-month-old son shortly after returning from an extended stay in New Zealand is likely to continue in the jurisdiction of the Queensland mental health court.

David Fisher, 38, has been held in a mental health facility since he was arrested and charged with the murder of his only son, Elijah Rainbow, on June 23.

Police allege Fisher leapt from a pedestrian overbridge into the Logan River at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane, with the toddler in his arms.

The boy’s body was recovered 1.5km downstream from the bridge the following day by police divers. 

Fisher’s case was adjourneduntil September 3 when his lawyer appeared on his behalf in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today.

Mark Williams indicated the case would likely transfer to the mental health court. He said his client was “doing as well as can be expected”.

Fisher also faces two drugs charges – possession of cannabis and utensils ; he has not entered pleas and no bail application was sought.

Elijah’s mother Lauren Fisher held a gathering to remember her son in a Beenleigh park on July 7 and he was buried later that day.

The couple, who also have four daughters, recently returned from several months in New Zealand, where members of Fisher’s family originate.

As first appeared on stuff.co.nz

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