A man charged with the murder of an elderly grandfather while naked along a popular tourist strip has had his charge joined up with a separate alleged attack on another elderly man in the same area.

Ryo Jay Anan did not front Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday when his charge of seriously assaulting a person over 60 was briefly mentioned.

Police allege the 27-year-old fatally attacked John Kerr, 87, during his morning walk in Noosa Heads on June 18.

Mr Kerr was found unconscious with serious head injuries along the beachfront at the end of Hastings St, near Claude Batten Drive.

Mr Anan is further alleged to have seriously assaulted another man, who is over 60, along Hastings St that same morning.

During Wednesday’s brief mention, police prosecutor Sergeant Brendan Newman said the Director of Public Prosecutions had requested Mr Anan’s charge of serious assault be transferred to Brisbane.

The court was told the murder charge would be mentioned at Brisbane Magistrates Court next week.

“Why are they going to Brisbane? It should have been heard up here,” magistrate Christopher Callaghan asked Sergeant Newman.

“Ultimately, if there’s a trial for murder it will have to be in Brisbane.”

Magistrate Callaghan adjourned the serious assault charge to July 24 in Brisbane.

Mr Anan, who did not apply for bail, will remain in custody.

Police allege the Gympie man fatally attacked Mr Kerr along the beachfront at the northern end of Hastings St.

He had sustained serious head injuries consistent with an alleged assault and despite the attempts of bystanders and emergency services, he died at the scene.

Police arrested Mr Anan, who was allegedly naked or in “various forms of undress”, on the nearby beach.

Last month, court documents related to Mr Anan’s assault charge stated he was offered a general mental health assessment by Maroochydore Watch House staff but “he declined to engage as requested”.

He was not formally charged with Mr Kerr’s murder until July 3, with police insisting at the time they needed to sort out the “complexities” between the alleged murder and serious assault cases.

It is believed the two men were not known to each other.


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