Friends have paid tribute to famous Gold Coast dog breeder Wendy Sleeman, whose body was found yesterday in a car at a Brisbane apartment complex. Her son Slade Murdok was charged with multiple offenses after being arrested at Durack in Brisbane’s south on Wednesday afternoon.
He appeared in a Brisbane court on Thursday, where he was refused bail. Mr. Murdok has been charged with unlawful stalking, burglary, assault occasioning bodily harm, kidnapping, attempted arson, and illegal motor vehicle use.
The 61-year-old Ms. Sleeman was reported missing from Elanora on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, prompting a desperate two-day police search to find her. Police say the forensic examination of electronic data led them to a rented garage at Windsor on Thondley Street, on Brisbane’s north side, where they found a blue Honda Jazz with the body inside.
Wilhelm Chang, the Labrador Retriever Club of Queensland president, said Ms. Sleeman was always there to help those in need.
“Wendy was a strong, intelligent, but soft-spoken woman with firm views on what she believes,” Mr. Chang said.
“Always there for those who were in need.”He said she was committed to Labrador retrievers, and she had been involved with the breed for 27 years.
Mr. Chang said, “Her love of the dogs was beyond their welfare, the absolute best breeding, their health, and above all, the best owners she can get for them. Some of her dogs had gone to guide dogs and as therapy dogs for autistic kids.”
“The club is putting up a tribute in her Lissatink [kennel] name in a perpetual trophy and will get a special conformation show in her memorial in recognition of her contribution to the community.