Kenyan politician Quincy Timberlake denies murdering son at Kallangur
A former Kenyan presidential hopeful accused of killing his three-year-old son in their home north of Brisbane will fight the murder charge.
Quincy Zuma Wambitta Timberlake, 34, was charged on Tuesday over the death of his son Sinclair nearly three months ago.
Emergency services pronounced Sinclair dead when they arrived at Mr Timberlake’s Kallangur townhouse early on June 18.
On Wednesday, Mr Timberlake’s lawyers released a statement saying the boy’s death was “tragic”
“The death of a child is tragic in any circumstance. In this case a loving father has been charged with the murder of his own son,” the statement said.
“There is of course more to this tragedy than can presently be disclosed and we would caution against any prejudgment of this case. Suffice to say Mr Timberlake will be defending the charge.
“The family request privacy during this trying time.”
Mr Timberlake briefly faced court on Tuesday, where he was remanded in custody until December 4.
His lawyer Chris Ford told Fairfax Media it was likely Mr Timberlake would make a Supreme Court application for bail in coming weeks.
At the time of Sinclair’s death, Mr Timberlake had been living in the house with his wife and another child.
The African politician was one of the founders of the Platinum Centraliser and Unionist Party in Kenya.
He and fled his home country with his wife to escape political persecution.
During the lead-up to the nation’s 2012 elections, Mr Timberlake was arrested numerous times and placed under house arrest by Kenyan police.
He later declared he would contest Kenyan elections in 2017.