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Killer stepdad claims he's innocent

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Alexandra Patrikios

A Queensland man found guilty of murdering his stepdaughter by plunging a knife into her chest claims he can prove his innocence.

Raymond John Mead, 52, was found guilty earlier this month of murdering Sherelle Locke while she was watching TV with her mother in Boronia Heights in February 2014.

Mead represented himself at a Brisbane Supreme Court hearing on Monday after his lawyers withdrew, telling Justice Ann Lyons: "I can actually prove now beyond any doubt that I am innocent of this charge."

At this, Justice Lyons reminded Mead he'd been convicted by a jury and sentencing would have to take place despite an appeal being lodged.

She adjourned the matter to allow him to get legal advice and acknowledged family members listening in from a separate courtroom via video link.

It came after Ms Locke's mother Marlene arrived at the court carrying a cross featuring a photograph of her daughter and an inscription reading "Bless this child".

There were tense scenes in court when Mead was found guilty on August 2, with a woman storming out of the courtroom and shouting "She deserved it", as jurors revealed their decision.

At the time, Justice Lyons said she was very concerned about reports a member of the public made threatening faces to the jury as they left the courtroom.

The trial had heard Mead detested his 23-year-old stepdaughter and openly blamed her for the ongoing problems in his marriage.

Mead told a neighbour just weeks before Ms Locke's death if she stuffed up again she would "get what's coming to her", the jury heard.

The matter will return to court on August 26.

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