Johnathon Byron WATKINS

Date of Birth: 26 March 1966
Last seen: 25 July 2001
Age: 37 years
Hair: Brown. May have a full faced beard
Eyes: Dark Brown
Weight: Solid build
Height: 193cms
Last seen walking from his home at Montville on the Sunshine Coast hinterland Queensland Johnathan had taken no belongings and all Police inquiries have failed to find any trace of him.

Murder charges, Montville and Nambour: 

Last Updated: 28/01/2010

QLD Police have today charged two people for murder, following investigations into the disappearance of a 43-year-old Montville man who was reported missing by his family in July 2001.  Johnathon Watkins was allegedly last seen walking away from his home at Western Avenue in Montville and was not seen again.  In response to information received, warrants were executed today resulting in the arrests.  A 50-year-old Nambour man has been charged with murder, a 42-year-old Montville woman has also been charged with murder, and a 38-year-old Montville man has been charged with being an accessory after the fact, interfering with a corpse and drug matters.  All will be appearing in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Two accused of murdering man

Kieran Campbell 9th December 2010 - Sunshine Coast Daily


TWO people have been accused of murdering a man and disposing of his body in the Sunshine Coast hinterland nine years ago.

His body has never been found.

Michele Irsigler, 43, is accused of killing her former partner Johnathon Watkins, with the help of Russell Graham Pilkington, 51, in 2001.

Ms Irsigler's current partner Jason Scott Bundesen, 39, is charged with being an accessory to murder and interfering with a corpse.

A committal hearing in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday heard police were first told of Mr Watkins' alleged murder more than four years after he disappeared from his home at Montville. A man said Mr Pilkington was drunk and upset when he opened up about his role in Mr Watkins' murder.

A video of a re-enactment of the crime was tendered to the court. The three accused allegedly made admissions to police about their roles in Mr Watkins' death.

It is alleged they dumped his body under a pile of logs near Montville, doused it with diesel and burnt it.

Mr Watkins' father, Johnathon Watkins Senior, told the court he heard an argument between his son and Ms Irsigler on the day he was allegedly killed. Mr Watkins lived 100 metre from his parents' home.

“I hesitated to intervene initially but eventually I went to see what was going on,” Mr Watkins Snr said.

“I went into the cottage through the back door to see Michele ... in the living room and said, ‘are you OK'? There was no sign of Johnathon. She had a cut on her cheek. She said he threw the car keys at her.”

Mr Watkins Snr said Ms Irsigler told him his son had gone. A week later he reported his son missing to police.

“I accepted the story at the time because I thought it was quite possible that he would do that sort of thing, take off and decide to turn his back on everything and just go,” Mr Watkins Snr said.

The court heard Mr Watkins had “a very violent temper”, which stemmed from him allegedly being raped as a young teenager.

“In his rages he would get very destructive of property,” Mr Watkins Snr said of his son. “He would unaccountably go into rage. I often wondered what precipitated those rages.”

Mr Watkins' sister Judith told the court her brother had an unpredictable temper.

“He loved animals, was really kind and really gentle and really loving and we were quite good friends. But there were a couple of times that I interfered with him having fights with my mother and he turned the abuse to me,” she said.