Kristie Powell murder: Accused killer smiles in court

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The man charged with the murder of a single mum was found by police living in an abandoned demountable building more than 230 kilometres away from the scene of the alleged crime.

Bhanu Kirkman, 29, was yesterday arrested in the empty structure – which contained signs he had been staying there for some time – next to Maitland train station, north of Sydney.

Today, Kirkman faced court on one count of murder over the death of Kristie Powell, 39, and other charges from outstanding warrants.

Bhanu Kirkman, 29, was charged with the murder of single mum Kristie Powell, 39.

Bhanu Kirkman, 29, was charged with the murder of single mum Kristie Powell, 39.

He was refused bail to appear via video link in Wollongong court on October 17.

Ms Powell’s body was found in a pool of blood at her Bellambi home about 1am on Friday. Her five-month-old son was inside the home, north of Wollongong, when a friend found her body.

The infant is now understood to be in the care of his grandparents.

Kirkman was found and arrested by police more than 200km away from the alleged place of Ms Powell's death.

Kirkman was found and arrested by police more than 200km away from the alleged place of Ms Powell's death.

He was located in an abandoned demountable building next to Maitland train station, north of Sydney.

He was located in an abandoned demountable building next to Maitland train station, north of Sydney.

Police had earlier confirmed they had gathered Facebook posts as part of their investigation.

The Powell family sat down with a funeral director this morning to plan their daughter’s farewell.

A family member told 9News they were “happy” over the charge.

The single mother's child was inside the home when her body was found.

The single mother's child was inside the home when her body was found.

“We haven’t got to the stage of thinking any anger on anything,” they said.

A fundraising page has been set up for Ms Powell’s son, Slater.

The page says: “This tiny five-month-old baby boy lost his loving Mum a few nights ago.

Kristie's five-month-old son was discovered metres from her body in the house, un-harmed.

Kristie's five-month-old son was discovered metres from her body in the house, un-harmed.

Kristie Powell’s body was found in a pool of blood at her Bellambi home.

Kristie Powell’s body was found in a pool of blood at her Bellambi home.

“Kristie Powell was devastatingly taken from this life while her little boy slept.

“Nothing can replace the love that Kristie gave her darling boy but he is so blessed to have a very special and loving family to care for him.

“Please pray for the Powell’s to give them the strength they need in this time of unimaginable heartache and pain.” 

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