Judge flags concerns over Khan bail hope

Toby Mann

A meatworks slaughterman charged with the murder and decapitation of his friend had proposed to stay close to many witnesses involved in his case while on bail, a court has heard.

Mohammed Khan, whose alleged victim Syied Alam's headless remains were found in a tidal Rockhampton creek last April, was seeking bail at the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

But his defence team adjourned his bid for release after Justice Roslyn Atkinson raised concerns his proposed residence, at his wife's Rockhampton home, would put him near many of the 68 witnesses in the case.

Khan and Mr Alam are both members of Rockhampton's Rohingya community, and court documents show Mr Alam's brother Sha may have had a three-year affair with Khan's wife, Suparti Suparti.

"That, to me, just seems to be an insurmountable problem," Justice Atkinson said.

"Given the nature of the community and the charge and the allegations ... that he would return to live with the very person who is alleged to be the reason why ... he committed the crime."

Khan has a brother in Sydney and his defence barrister, James Godbolt, said inquiries would be made if the brother's home would be suitable for bail before the application returns to court on April 24.

Khan and Mr Alam had met in immigration detention, were housemates for two years and were employed at the same meatworks.

"I would describe us a friends," Khan said in an affidavit sworn on March 8.

"I was saddened and shocked to hear about Syeid's death."

Ten days after Mr Alam's wife reported him missing after he failed to return from a fishing trip with Khan, his corpse was found during an SES search.

Nearby, a small tomahawk and his head, wrapped in a pair of black jeans, were found, court documents state.