Roselyn and Andy Scott speak about their son Shaune Gibson who went missing six weeks ago.
Roselyn and Andy Scott speak about their son Shaune Gibson who went missing six weeks ago. Claudia Baxter

Family shattered at death of son

AFTER waiting for six weeks for her missing son Shaune Gibson to come home, his mother Roselyn Scott felt something was wrong.

Although Shaune was known for going weeks on end without contacting his family, this time was different.

On Friday afternoon, the Scott family was told what every parent fears when police arrived at their Fernvale home.

Andy Scott, the father of the missing 19-year-old from Booval, answered his front door to be told three people had been charged with murder in relation to Shaune's disappearance.

It left them wondering why anyone would harm their beloved son.

Mrs Scott spoke to Shaune the last time he was seen at his sister's Booval home on August 9 - and told him she loved him.

That was the last any of his family saw of Shaune.

"From the start I just had a feeling. I think you just know, but we hoped for the best, but you just know," she said.

"Why would anybody want to hurt anybody? I don't know any details, but especially to that extent."

The news was something Mrs Scott thought she would never hear.

"You have no idea, no idea. It's just so heartbreaking. You just wonder why? What goes through their heads? You just can't comprehend why.

"Every time I go to bed I think about it. It ticks over in my mind.

"I cry a lot when no one is around; it's just so heartbreaking. It's going to take a long time to sink in."

A 45-year-old woman, 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man, all from Eastern Heights, were charged with murder on Friday.

The 27-year-old man was also charged with interfering with a corpse and a 25-year-old man was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Following their arrest, police arrived at a Balaam Hill Rd in Churchable, 21km north of Gatton, where human remains believed to be Shaune, were found.

Forensic police continued to investigate the makeshift gravesite and a home in Cooinda St, Eastern Heights, over the weekend.

Ipswich police began investigating Shaune's disappearance after he was reported missing by his sister last month.

The four suspects will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court again tomorrow.

Mrs Scott said as a young child, Shaune got into mischief, but she could never stay mad at him for long.

"He was what we call a little stirrer. He used to stir up his little brother and sister something shocking," she said.

"He was always full of a smile, and you couldn't stay mad at him.

"He would just turn around with his puppy dog eyes and his puppy dog face and just make you laugh, even though you would be as mad as one thing with him."

Mr Scott remembered the day Shaune got his first job as a stable hand at Ipswich racetrack two years ago.

Shaune was a student at Bundamba and Bremer State High Schools, a keen boxer and army cadet.

"I was very proud of him because he got his first job in Bundamba, I was very proud of that," Mr Scott said.

"The first place I will miss him is Christmas. All those years he used to wear his pyjamas."

Shaune would often go without contacting his family for weeks, Mrs Scott said.

"It was not out of character for him to disappear for a few weeks; he was in a few different places. He was travelling around, being a teenager."

The family thanked the community for the outpouring of support via social media.

"It's amazing the support that's come out of it. The community really comes together," she said.

 

CASE TIMELINE

August 9: Shaune Gibson last seen leaving his sister's home in Booval.

August 28: Mr Gibson's family report the 19-year-old missing to police after not hearing from him for three weeks.

September 22: The four accused appear in a brief Ipswich Magistrates Court hearing. They are refused bail.

 

Shaune Gibson pictured on his 16th birthday.
Shaune Gibson pictured on his 16th birthday. Contributed


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