Queensland designer turned murder accused's fall from grace
A POPULAR Queensland businesswoman's customers have been left in the lurch after she was charged with the murder of her husband just days before Christmas.
Revelations about the downfall of Katie Anne Corben's business come as the first photos emerge of her life with her alleged victim Jarred Castel and their four-year-old son.
On December 20, Corben, 36, allegedly stabbed Mr Castel, 35, to death in their home, in Brisbane's Chapel Hill.
Further details of the case have not yet been made public and the family has declined to comment.
When emergency crews arrived at the home they found the couple's four-year-old son inside.
Corben, who manages her own boutique online company called Adverbium Design, has been remanded in custody to face court again next month.
Since she has been behind bars, Adverbium Design, which sells custom-made enamel pins and clothing charms, has been shut down.
Online, Corben told her customers the store would be taking a short break and the website was taken offline.
"Our online store will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your continuing support, check back in with us later. KC x," she wrote.
"Sorry, trades closed for now," someone wrote on Instagram on Corben's behalf.
The charge against Corben also saw the company unable to service some demands.
One customer recently complained, saying she had "never received my item but got a refund after no happenings of 9 days."
A photo posted to a relative's Facebook page shows Corben and Mr Castel smiling while holding their son at a family get-together.
Mr Castel was a property consultant working in Brisbane.
It has been a massive fall from grace for Corben, who received dozens of positive reviews about her work prior to the death of husband.
Adverbium Designs has been a side project for Corben since February last year. Many of her pins portray cartoon monsters and animals.
She wrote online last year that her inspiration came from her "unique illustrations, which show the influence of kawaii and '80s pop culture".
"I'm young at heart, so my work is intended for both little kids and big kids like me. I love seeing my pins end up all over the world, making people happy!"