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'Lizard Man' witness too scared to speak

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Rachael Burnett

A witness in the deaths of an ex-bikie and his former girlfriend on the Gold Coast was allegedly too scared to speak to police for almost a week.

Bronson Ellery, known to police as "Lizard Man" because of his prominent facial tattoos, and Shelsea Schilling were discovered dead in a Southport unit on Friday.

A woman, who has not been identified, spoke to police on Wednesday after being approached by officers because they believed she had important information about how the pair died.

Lisa Searing of Buckland Allen Criminal Lawyers said her client had wanted to make a statement but was scared to before then.

"The police contacted her. They were going through a list of known associates," she said.

"She hadn't spoken to police before. That was the first time when she spoke to them (Wednesday).

"She was scared, she wasn't in a position to do any of that."

Ms Searing said the only reason the woman spoke to police was so family members would know what happened.

It has been reported by the Gold Coast Bulletin the woman witnessed Mr Ellery assault Ms Schilling moments before her death, although this has not been confirmed by police or the lawyer.

Ms Schilling's mother Bonnie Markwell Mobbs criticised her for not coming forward sooner.

"Yes this lady watched our beautiful Shelsea being abused and assaulted and die then left her there and didn't call the police or ambulance. Then only to say something 1 week later," she posted on Facebook.

Ms Mobbs also alleged Mr Ellery had previously breached a domestic violence order against her daughter.

"Shelsea was never going to runaway (sic) with that monster," she wrote.

"R.I.P our darling daughter."

Police have confirmed there wasn't a third person involved in the deaths and that they found a note at the scene.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson wouldn't say if it was a suicide note but did say a note had helped with the investigation.

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