Missing judge is found DEAD next to a popular hiking track just a few kilometres away from his abandoned car – after he was criticised for ‘cruel and insulting’ comments in family law case
- Federal Circuit Court Judge Guy Andrew left his home in Brisbane early Sunday
- His car was found at 2pm on Monday next to bushland at Dillon Road, The Gap
- Cops on Thursday found the body of a man during their search for Judge Andrew
Judge Andrew last seen leaving his home in Brisbane’s north early Sunday morning heading toward Mt Coot-tha, where he takes his morning walk
The body of a missing judge has been found next to a popular hiking track just a few kilometres from his abandoned car.
Federal Circuit Court Judge Guy Andrew, 55, was last seen leaving his home in Brisbane‘s north early on Sunday morning heading toward Mt Coot-tha, where he regularly went on morning walks.
His car was found about 2pm on Monday next to bushland at Dillon Road in The Gap.
Queensland Police on Thursday night confirmed a body had been found, and it is understood to have been located in dense bushland.
The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
Lawyers, fellow judges, and even mothers and fathers who appeared before him in court paid tribute to Judge Andrews after it was clear he would not be found alive.
‘This man was the judge who sat on my case. I have been in court for four years with a perpetrator of domestic violence who represented himself and continued to try to use power, control and manipulation over me even through the judicial system,’ Townsville woman Tee Bishop said.
‘It only stopped and was fully resolved once we got this Judge. I was so grateful to him and how he managed my case. I’m saddened to hear this.’
Another woman, Dot Blackman, wrote: ‘I had him in my case he helped restore my faith in everything [and] got the right outcome for my family.’
Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Chief Justice of the Family Court Will Alstergren paid his respects to the judge’s family after a body was discovered.
‘His Honour will be remembered as a fine, highly respected barrister and a diligent and determined judge who lived a life of service to others and to the law,’ he said.
‘He was loved and admired by many during his long career at the bar and he made many good friendships in his short time on the Bench.
A widespread search was sparked after Federal Circuit Court Judge Guy Andrew’s car was found abandoned on the side of the road
Chief Justice Alstergren said numerous judges, barristers, solicitors, associates and other court staff held him in such esteem they joined the search themselves.
But he said Judge Andrew dealt with some ‘unforeseen challenges’ since his appointment that he was working his way through.
‘His tragic passing is a timely reminder of the extraordinary pressure on all who practice in the often highly emotive family law jurisdiction,’ he said.
‘This pressure can be exacerbated by appointment.
‘Whilst His Honour’s transition to the bench presented saw some initial, unforeseen challenges, Guy, with the support and encouragement so freely offered by his colleagues was navigating his way through these challenges with all the determination that marked all that he did and especially marked what he did in the service of others.’
The Australian Defence Force were called in to assist in the desperate search for Judge Andrew.
Queensland Police Service said it had pulled in ‘sufficient resources for the operation’.
‘Search efforts have included Polair, dive squad, police on foot and on bikes, State Emergency Services volunteers and other external agencies along with a large community effort,’ a QPS statement said.
Australian Defence Force members joined Queensland Police and specialist mountain rescue teams to search for Judge Andrew (pictured on Thursday morning at Mount Coot-tha)
Pictured: Rescue teams walk through bushland on Thursday at Mount Coot-tha
Police on Tuesday used drones, boats and all-terrain vehicles to search for Judge Andrew, who went missing amid concerns about his conduct in court.
Judge Andrew dealt with six family court matters in the Brisbane Federal Circuit Court on Friday, two days before he went missing.
Last month, two lawyers complained about Judge Andrew’s behaviour, prompting him to receive counselling and mentoring.
In September’s judgement, the full bench found Judge Andrew had shown ‘apprehended bias and abused his power’ when presiding over a family law case.
A three-judge bench ruled there was ‘no basis’ for Judge Andrew’s ‘cruel, insulting, humiliating and rude’ comments.
Lawyers representing the father in the case said Judge Andrew’s conduct denied him a fair trial.
Judge Andrew was appointed as the sole Federal Circuit Court judge in Townsville in March last year.
He is survived by his wife Nicole and daughters Bridget and Morgan.
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Queensland Police Service said it has pulled in ‘sufficient resources for the operation.’ Pictured: Rescue teams on Thursday at Mount Coot-tha