Neighbour charged with murder of Bracken Ridge man

 

Police have charged one of Stephen Mowchanuk's neighbours with his murder, after detectives confirmed Mr Mowchanuk's horrific death was the result of significant blunt force trauma to the head.

Police allege the offender is a 28-year-old Bracken Ridge man, who lives across the road from the home Mr Mowchanuk shared with his mother in Brisbane's northeast.

According to Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Ziebarth, a large metal object was located at the scene and has been taken as evidence, believed to be the alleged murder weapon.

Police continue to investigate, however they understand someone entered Mr Mowchanuk's Wobur St home between midnight and 2am on January 31.

A man was arrested on Monday morning at his home by detectives.

The street was this morning full of forensic officers as both the home of Mr Mowchanuk, and the alleged offender's home were blocked by police tape.

"No one wants this sort of thing to happen in their street anywhere, but it's obviously upsetting to all members of the community as well as the victim's family," Det Sen Sgt Ziebarth said of the incident on the usually quiet suburban street.

Police continue to call for members of the community to come forward with information, as investigations continue.

The alleged offender will front Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, charged with one count of murder.

Stephen was found by his mother when she returned to the pair's Bracken Ridge home about midday yesterday, with police telling The Courier-Mail he was found in a pool of blood.

According to public records, Stephen owned a lawn mowing business registered to the Wobur St home, where it's understood he and his mother both lived.

Writing about her son's tragic passing on social media last night, Megan Mowchanuk revealed she made the heartbreaking discovery and posted a photo of Stephen.

 

The man found dead in a Brisbane home in what police are treating as a murder has been identified as 31-year-old Stephen Mowchanuk.
The man found dead in a Brisbane home in what police are treating as a murder has been identified as 31-year-old Stephen Mowchanuk.

"As some of you may be aware already, Stephen was murdered last night. I found him this morning. Police are investigating," she wrote.

The post has triggered an outpouring of support and condolences from family friends, with some calling the news "shocking".

"I'm so terribly sorry to hear this shocking news. You are in my thoughts," one person commented.

"My heart is broken. I'm hugging you tight," another added.

"Megan my deepest condolences we are sending you our love, we are here for you."

Others have also paid tribute to how Stephen was "a good friend", how he "was such a sweet man" and that "he will be missed by so many".

 

Its understood Megan Mowchanuk assisted police with their investigations yesterday. Picture, John Gass
Its understood Megan Mowchanuk assisted police with their investigations yesterday. Picture, John Gass

"This is such sad and tragic news - he was a lovely man." a commenter wrote.

"He was such a sweet man. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I have such wonderful memories of Steve," another added.

The comments follow reactions from neighbours along Wobur Street yesterday, revealing that Steven was "so inquisitive" and he "loved machinery".

"Anytime he'd see us mow the lawn he'd be interested or watching, or if there was any type of machinery around the neighbourhood," one neighbour said.

"You could tell he really fascinated with things like that."

Originally published as Tributes flow for man found dead in Bracken Ridge home



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