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First sighting of murder-accused councillor

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Gold Coast City Councillor Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden was charged with murder. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Scott Powick

A young councillor charged with the murder of his stepfather has spent his first night on bail staying at his girlfriend’s house.

Gold Coast City councillor Ryan Donald Bayldon-Lumsden, 30, was charged with murder after the body of Robert Malcolm Lumsden, 58, after he died at their Arundel home on August 23.

Emergency services were called to the Chifley Place home in Arundel just after 3pm following an alleged “disturbance”.

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Gold Coast City Councillor Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden was charged with murder. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Scott Powick
Robert Lumsden was allegedly killed by his stepson on August 23. Picture: Supplied.
Robert Lumsden was allegedly killed by his stepson on August 23. Picture: Supplied.

Responding officers performed CPR on Mr Lumsden but he was pronounced dead at 3.50pm.

Mr Bayldon-Lumsden was taken into custody and later charged with murder.

The DPP will allege he placed his stepfather in a fatal chokehold after an argument between the pair.

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Gold Coast City Councillor Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden attended Southport Police Station after reporting for bail for the first time on Friday. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Scott Powick

It will also be alleged that the history between the two men was motive for Mr Bayldon-Lumsden to murder his stepfather.

Mr Bayldon-Lumsden had told police his stepfather was “controlling and coercive” and had even threatened to report him for misconduct for bringing home confidential files from council if he were to move out of the house.

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The 30-year-old has been ordered to live at his girlfriend’s home in Burleigh. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Scott Powick

The first time councillor was released on Supreme Court bail on Thursday and ordered to live with his girlfriend, former Cirque du Soleil performer Bianca Ruyssenaers, in her Burleigh home.

He was fitted with a GPS tracker and ordered to report regularly to police.

Mr Bayldon-Lumsden attended Southport Police station for the first time since his release from custody on Friday.

When questioned by reporters outside the police station on Friday, Mr Bayldon-Lumsden repeatedly said “sorry, no comment”.

Mr Bayldon-Lumsden’s mother, Katrina Bayldon, has provided the court a $250,000 surety for her son’s release on the mortgage of the home they shared alongside Mr Lumsden.

The court was told during his bail hearing this week that Mr Bayldon-Lumsden had contacted domestic violence hotlines in recent weeks over concerns about his stepfather's behaviour.

He also allegedly Google searched whether a person could be jailed for killing someone in self defence two days before his stepfather died.

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Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden will be required to report regularly to police while on bail. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Scott Powick