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Queensland mum accused of murdering two of her adult children faces court

A Gold Coast mother accused of murdering her two adult children with disabilities for insurance payouts was “very controlling” of her son, a court has heard.

Maree Mavis Crabtree faces a string of charges including counts of murdering her daughter Erin, 18, in 2012, and son Jonathan, 26, five years later.

Both siblings had disabilities, with police alleging they died from being forced to take prescription medication.

Crabtree, 54, is also charged with attempting to murder Jonathan six months before his death, and the grievous bodily harm and torture of a woman, aged in her 20s.

Erin was found dead in their Maudsland home in September 2012, while Crabtree was on a cruise.

Gold Coast woman Maree Mavis Crabtree. File image. Credit: 7NEWS

Jonathan was “very distraught” about the death of younger sister Erin, former rugby league coach Adam Flier told Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Mr Flier said Jonathan was happy-go-lucky, but there “was always that underlying sadness there” to do with Erin’s death.

‘Very upset’

Jonathan’s friend Cassandra Hopper told the court the older brother was “always pretty self-destructive” about Erin’s death.

“(He) was very upset about it and didn’t want to be alive because she was dead,” she said.

Jonathan also told her his mother wouldn’t let him get a job.

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