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Teen accused of running over pregnant Brisbane couple on Australia Day hit with more charges #Teen #accused #running #pregnant #Brisbane #couple #Australia #Day #hit #charges

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A teenager accused of mowing down a pregnant couple on Australia Day will not be charged with a third count of murder relating to the woman’s unborn son.

Kate Leadbetter and her partner Matt Field were hit and killed while walking their two beloved dogs in Alexandra Hills, Brisbane, on Australia Day.

Police allege the teenage driver was high on drugs and driving a stolen car at the time of the crash.

He has been charged with two counts of murder and one of dangerous operation of a vehicle. 

But the 17-year-old is facing a string of new charges, including three more counts of dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs, and one count of driving with a disqualified license.

Devastated friends and family have farewelled Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles who were killed in an Australia Day tragedy in Alexandra Hills

Devastated members of the families hugged one another and dogs Django and Frankie watch on as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into the private school

Devastated members of the families hugged one another and dogs Django and Frankie watch on as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into the private school

The new charges come one day after Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s devastated family held an emotional funeral to say their final goodbyes.

The couple, along with their unborn son, Miles, were farewelled in a private ceremony at Mr Field’s old school, Iona College.

But police have since confirmed they will not be pursuing a charge of murder for Miles’ death based on expert legal advice.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said instead, Miles’ death would be treated as an ‘aggravated element of the murder charge relating to the death of his mother, Kate’. 

‘This advice has been provided to the families and we will continue to support and engage with them throughout our investigation and subsequent court proceedings,’ he said.  

The accused teenager was out on bail at the time of the alleged incident. 

The matter was mentioned in Brisbane Children’s Court on January 27th, but was adjourned until late March. He has since been given a notice to appear in court on February 15.

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, died after they were allegedly hit by a teenage driver in Alexandra Hills on the evening of Australia Day. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, died after they were allegedly hit by a teenage driver in Alexandra Hills on the evening of Australia Day. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

Devastated members of Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s families hugged one another as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into Iona College for the funerals on Monday.

The couple, along with Miles, were farewelled in a joint ceremony. 

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns, while a group of young men in Iona College uniforms lined the streets as the caskets of the young couple were brought through. 

The large crowd gathered outdoors on the school grounds before relocating for the service.

Assistant Commissioner Codd said it was an honour to be included in Monday’s proceedings. 

‘It was a privilege to be invited along with Commissioner Carroll and a number of my first responder colleagues to join family, friends and community members, to the funeral and celebration of the lives of Matt, Kate and baby Miles yesterday,’ he said. 

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field (pictured) had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child

This map shows the movements of the teen accused of running the couple down

This map shows the movements of the teen accused of running the couple down

‘The strength and dignity of the families is an example to all of us at this enormously difficult time.

‘While the family and we as a community grieve, the investigative team continues the work of painstakingly and tirelessly building the brief of evidence for consideration of the courts in due course.’ 

Both of the couple’s dogs, Frankie and Django, were present at the memorial service held on Monday morning for the couple.

Frankie still bears telltale markings of the accident, with her back leg bandaged in pink tape and sections of her front leg shaved. She disappeared immediately after the crash, and wasn’t found until midday the following day.

Some 1,300 locals came together to help find her after the family revealed she suffered from Addison’s disease and required daily medication to say alive.   

Both of the couple's beloved dogs Django and Frankie (wearing pink bandage) attended the funeral, and looked lost as the family said their goodbyes

Both of the couple’s beloved dogs Django and Frankie (wearing pink bandage) attended the funeral, and looked lost as the family said their goodbyes

Pictured: The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving at the time of the crash

Pictured: The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving at the time of the crash



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