Cruise ship singer to face murder trial
A former cruise ship crooner accused of throwing his NRL cheerleader girlfriend off a Gold Coast high-rise balcony will stand trial for her alleged murder.
Jayden Moorea, previously known as Dan Shearin, was committed for trial on Friday after a two-week hearing in Southport Magistrates Court.
The 47-year-old former cruise ship entertainer was charged with murder and damaging evidence over the death of his girlfriend, Breeana Robinson, 21, in January 2013.
Ms Robinson, a Gold Coast Titans cheerleader, plunged to her death from the 11th floor of the unit she and Moorea shared in Southport's H20 building.
Moorea was charged in 2019 after an inquest into Ms Robinson's death was sensationally postponed, and a coroner ordered detectives to reopen their investigation.
More than 70 witnesses gave evidence at the committal hearing, including Ms Robinson's cheerleader teammates and her mother.
H20 residents gave chilling testimony of hearing a 'bloodcurdling' scream and seeing Ms Robinson 'flying past' balconies and onto a glass awning.
Some told the court of hearing Ms Robinson and Moorea arguing loudly before she fell.
The court was also played recordings of harrowing Triple 0 calls in which a crying Moorea told the operator that his girlfriend had 'landed on the glass'.
"I went into the bedroom and she just went over the balcony," he told the operator.
Moorea also comforted a still-alive Ms Robinson as he waited for paramedics to arrive, the court heard.
A biomechanics expert who testified last week concluded that she had been thrown but later admitted his findings may have been flawed after new evidence was given about the way she fell.
Ms Robinson's mother, Elaine, told the court this week how their relationship had fractured after Breeana started seeing Moorea, who was 20 years older.
The dead woman's cousin, Bianca, said there was 'a lot of tension' in the relationship between Moorea and Ms Robinson.
Defence barrister Angus Edwards said the case against his client was "weak, tenuous and vague" but still "limps over that very low bar" for Moorea to be committed for trial.
Magistrate Catherine Pirie said it was "indeed a circumstantial case" but the evidence was sufficient to commit Moorea for trial.
Asked by Ms Pirie if he had anything to say, Moorea said: "No, your Honour."
Some of Ms Robinson's relatives in the public gallery sobbed as he was ordered to stand trial, which is expected to be held in Brisbane Supreme Court at a later date.
Originally published as Cruise ship singer to face murder trial