Courier Mail

Mum 'too fragile' for court

Phil Bartsch, Gold Coast bureau
The Courier Mail

A MOTHER accused of killing her three children in a car fire on the Gold Coast was too "fragile" to appear in court yesterday to face murder charges, her lawyer said.

Kerry Anne Lane, 30, is back in hospital suffering severe burns. She was arrested at the weekend after being released from the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Gold Coast detectives arrested Lane at her Calamvale home in Brisbane's south-west and drove her to Southport Watchhouse where she was charged.

She is facing three counts of murder over the deaths of her children in a car fire at Coomera on October 6.

Lane's nine-month-old daughter and seven-year-old son died. A son, 8, who was found nearby with burns to 90 per cent of his body, died three weeks later.

Firefighters found Lane, a service station attendant, at the scene. She had burns on her face, hands and throat.

She was under police guard in the Gold Coast Hospital yesterday as the charges against her were brought before the Southport Magistrates Court.

"She can't be here. She's in hospital," her lawyer Terry O'Gorman told the court.

"Her condition is really medically quite fragile."

The case was remanded to January 9. No pleas were entered and Lane was remanded in custody.

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