Christopher Cairns to Fight Tumma Cousins Gold Coast Balcony Death Charge

AAP | May 28, 2012 10:51AM | The AUSTRALIAN

A GOLD Coast man with outlaw motor cycle gang links will “vigorously defend” a charge of murdering a nightclub promoter who plunged 31 floors to his death, his lawyer said today .

Christopher Cairns, 24, from Hope Island, was arrested on Saturday and charged with the murder of Tumma Cousins, 29, earlier this month.

Police will allege Cairns threw Mr Cousins from the balcony of his unit at the Beachcomber Resort in Surfers Paradise on May 11.

Detective Superintendent Tim Trezise said police, who were initially unsure if the death was an accident, now believe others were in Mr Cousins’ unit when he died, and are searching for a second man.

“We’ve been looking extensively for him but haven’t been able to locate him,” he said.

A large pool of blood was found inside Mr Cousins’ ransacked unit and several people reported hearing loud yelling and swearing moments before he fell, he said.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta remanded him in custody to appear in the same court again on July 23 on charges of murder, robbery and possession of dangerous drugs.

Cairns was not required to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today and his lawyer, Mark Williams, made no application for bail.

“We will be vigorously defending the charges,” Mr Williams said outside court.

“He’s doing well. I can’t make any further comment.”