The grandfather of a seven-month-old allegedly tortured to death by his parents has penned a heartbreaking tribute the baby boy.
Reinhardt Bosch, 33, and his partner, Noemi Kondacs, 22, were charged with murder after emergency services found the body of their baby Rhuan in Yugar, northwest Brisbane, early on Thursday, November 3.
The “deeply religious” couple have been accused of torturing the little boy and praying over the child’s body while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Family friend Kelly Cousins started a GoFundMe to raise money for Rhuan’s funeral service.
“Hearts are broken everywhere by what has happened to Rhuan but we can perhaps find some peace in making sure he is remembered in a beautiful way,” she wrote.
Nearly 60 people donated a total of $4670 before Ms Cousins ended the appeal on Saturday.
She shared a tribute to Rhuan from his maternal grandfather to the page.
“Why?” he wrote.
“How could this happen? Why you?
“Your name is Rhuan.
“Nobody will understand.
“The sorrow which your absence caused will never end.
“But to hear about your suffering and the impossibility to help is our greatest pain.
“Nothing will be the same as before.”
Ms Cousins thanked everyone for their donations.
“You have been instrumental in removing a huge extra stress from the family of Baby Rhuan,” she said.
“We will now plan and hold a beautiful memorial service for this precious little boy. We wish you all the best and please know that we look forward to paying this generosity forward in the very near future.”
The parents both said nothing during their separate video link appearances at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, November 4.
Mr Bosch allegedly tortured and assaulted his baby with an offensive instrument in the months before he was allegedly murdered, police claim in court documents.
Mark Platt, who acted for the pair, said his clients could be listed for another committal call-over on December 5.
They did not apply for bail.
Due to the serious nature of the murder charges, the pair must apply for bail in the Supreme Court.
The couple are both charged with murder and torture and Mr Bosch is facing the additional charge of assaulting Rhuan with an offensive instrument.
Court documents seen by NCA NewsWire reveal Mr Bosch works as a youth carer and was born in Pretoria, South Africa.
Ms Kondacs is from Stuttgart, Germany and has no occupation listed in her court documents.
In the documents, police allege Rhuan was tortured by the pair between April 11 and November 3.
Mr Bosch’s charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm while armed with an offensive instrument is alleged to have occurred between the same dates.
Police allege the couple prayed over the child’s body while they waited for the ambulance to arrive, The Courier-Mail reported.
Investigators have described the boy’s death as “confronting”.
The couple’s religious beliefs will form part of the police investigation into the alleged murder.
Police were called to the semirural Mount Samson Road home about 6.45am on Thursday, November 3 and found the body of the infant.
Inner West Crime Group Detective Inspector David Jackman said the child appeared to have suffered “visible” injuries.
“I’ve been a detective for 30-odd years and it’s one of the most confronting scenes that I’ve seen,” he said.
Detective Jackman said the three were known to each other and lived at the home.
A crime scene was declared on Thursday and Operation Uniform Salwood established to investigate the circumstances of the boy’s death.
“Both the man and woman are not known to police, neither is that address,” he said.
“The investigation has uncovered injuries to the child that are enough for us to charge [the pair] with murder.
“The circumstances leading to the death we will allege have happened in the last 24 hours.
“From what I have seen the child wasn’t neglected in terms of nourishment and such, but it’s quite confronting.”
Police will allege at least one of the pair had a reckless indifference to the baby’s life, Detective Jackman said.
It is not known whether the baby had any underlying health issues.
Nothing untoward had been uncovered by police in the area.
Detective Jackman told reporters the man and woman were very upset when they were taken into police custody.
“At this stage, we will be going back through family history, speaking with family and seeing if they were aware of anything that may have led to this,” he said.