A man accused of murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body in a barrel is on life support after being brutally bashed by a fellow inmate.
Zlatko Sikorsky was charged with murdering and torturing Larissa Beilby, 16, at Buccan, south of Brisbane, in June 2018.
The 37-year-old was bashed in an early-morning ambush by another prisoner on Tuesday at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Centre.
‘He was belted at unlock this morning. Paramedics had to work on him for ages before transportation,’ an officer told The Courier Mail.
Zlatko Sikorsky (pictured) was bashed in an early-morning ambush by another prisoner on Tuesday at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Centre
The battered body of Larissa Beilby (pictured) was discovered shoved inside a barrel on the back of a ute abandoned at a residential complex on the Gold Coast on June 28, 2018
Ms Beilby (pictured) was found bruised on her head, neck and the upper part of her torso
Ms Beilby’s battered body was discovered shoved inside a barrel on the back of a ute (pictured) abandoned at a residential complex
A map showing Sikorsky’s movements from June 2018. He is on life support in hospital
‘Apparently he struck his head as he was falling from being attacked.’
Earlier reports suggested he had died, but authorities have since confirmed he is on life support.
He is on life support at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Ms Beilby was last seen in the north Brisbane suburb of Sandgate on June 15, and was reported missing on June 27 by her father Peter.
Police were at a house in Buccan making inquiries into her disappearance when Sikorsky, who was at the property, got into a black ute and fled.
While on the run, Sikorsky threatened a woman with a shotgun and offered her $2000 to be let inside her home.
The woman then noticed a ‘dead arm’ hanging out of the ute.
‘All I’ve seen is an arm flapping out… There was just the one barrel, it wasn’t massive either, it was only small. I just saw an arm, a dead arm,’ the woman told the media in 2018.
Sikorsky dumped the ute at a gated community in Stapylton, where the teenager’s body was found shoved into a barrel on the tray on June 28, 2018.
Armed with weapons, Sikorksy eventually holed himself up at the Sunshine Coast apartment block and began making demands of police.
After a 24-hour siege, he surrendered and was charged with murder, torture and deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.
During his trial, the doctor who examined Ms Beilby’s body said her injuries were unlike anything she had ever come across.
‘I have done over 7,000 autopsies and I have never seen anything like this,’ Dr Dianne Little told Brisbane Supreme Court in 2018.
The teen was also gagged, causing cuts to the inside of her mouth and raising the possibility she died by asphyxiation.
Sikorsky was accused of murdering and torturing the teen, with one witness saying he said he wanted to ‘knock’ her because she knew too much.
His former housemate Scott George Thompson had previously told the court about the final hours leading up to Ms Beilby’s death.
He said Sikorsky told him Ms Beilby was ‘not in a good way’ after hearing a scream in the backyard of their Buccan home.
An officer said Sikorsky was ‘belted’ and hit his head as he fell from the attack at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Centre (pictured)
Sikorsky is accused of murdering and torturing the teen (pictured), with one witness saying he wanted to ‘knock’ her because she knew too much
‘We had a conversation with him saying something about ”that chick, she was driving him insane”,’ Mr Thompson said.
He told the court he believed Sikorsky had punched the girl in the face.
‘I said ”just drop her to hospital” (but) he was saying he wanted to knock her,’ Mr Thompson added.
‘He said ”no, she knows too much”.’
Mr Thompson said he didn’t go to investigate because he was afraid of Sikorsky, who he said was high on drugs and carrying a gun.
Zlatko is set to be tried in the Brisbane Supreme Court on charges of murder, torture, deprivation of liberty, and interfering with a corpse.
Sikorsky (pictured) is in a critical condition at Princess Alexandra Hospital after being bashed by a fellow inmate on Tuesday
Pictured: Police search the ute where Ms Beilby’s battered body was discovered on June 28, 2018
Timeline of Larissa Beilby’s murder
June 15: Larissa Beilby is last seen at a home in Sandgate in Brisbane’s north.
June 27: Ms Beilby is reported missing by her father Peter
1.30pm: The desperate search for the 16-year-old leads police to a house in Buccan, south of Brisbane.
As detectives arrive, a man escapes through the back door and speeds away in a black truck.
Approximately 2pm: The vehicle is tracked 15km east to a gated community in Stapylton, where police found it abandoned, the tray covered by tarpaulin.
A resident of the estate said the driver threatened her with a shotgun and offered her $2,000 to be let into her home.
Police discovered a barrel containing what is thought to be the body of a teenage girl inside a barrel on the back of a ute
6.30pm: Police issue a statement saying they believe the man driving the black ute switched cars and fled in a silver Holden Commodore sedan.
June 28: Detectives release a photo of Zlatko Sikorsky, who they believe is behind the wheel of the Commodore.
June 30: Sikorsky surrenders to police after a siege lasting more than 24 hours.
July: Sikorsky is charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.
November 10, 2020: Sikorsky is brutally bashed by a fellow inmate at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Centre.