GOLD COAST man Edward Lord was arrested yesterday by Queensland Police and is expected to be extradited to New South Wales and be charged with the alleged murder of his wife Michelle Lord following a lengthy investigation after their car crashed into the Tweed River.
The murder charge comes more than a year after their Nissan 350Z convertible crashed into the Tweed River at Tumbulgum on October 18, 2015.
Initial reports around the crash had raised suspicion and Tweed Police established a strike force with the assistance of Queensland Police Homicide Squad to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Police said that about half a kilometre east of Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum it appeared the car had left the roadway, crossing the northern shoulder and becoming airborne into the Tweed River.
“The 51-year-old male driver was able to climb out of the open window, before realising his 57-year-old female passenger was still in the vehicle,” a NSW Police media release said.
“The man returned to the car and was able to pull the woman out through the window and commenced CPR until emergency services arrived.”
Michelle Lord was airlifted to the Gold Cost University Hospital in a serious condition and on sadly passed away on October 20.
Detectives are expected to travel to Queensland and apply for his extradition to NSW at a Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, February 28.
Edward Lord’s lawyer allegedly told the media that Mr Lord intended to plead not guilty and maintained his innocence.