'I had no idea': Average Joe claimed to not know Sikorsky
THE same day Joseph Dean Geiger told multiple news organisations that he unwittingly let stranger Zlatko Sikorsky into his Alexandra Headland unit, he was charged for his alleged role in hiding him.
Mr Geiger's Juan St home set the scene for a 27-hour siege which ended in Mr Sikorsky surrendering, being taken into custody by police and charged with the murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend Larissa Beilby.
Streets surrounding the unit were put into lock down with some residents unable to return to their homes.
Others were forbidden from leaving.
The ordeal involved 100 police officers including the dog squad and snipers.
Ms Beilby's body was found in a barrel in the back of a ute on June 27 after she was reported missing the day before.
On June 28, police announced they wanted to talk to Mr Sikorsky and by the next day he was holed up in Mr Geiger's unit.
Mr Geiger spoke to media on the scene - wanting to be identified only as Joe - and told them his friend showed up with Mr Sikorsky, describing him as "cool and calm".
He went onto say Mr Sikorsky fell asleep on the couch, but was woken up by a fight between himself and his ex-partner.
Mr Sikorsky then opened the door to the building manager who "put two and two together and recognised who he was", according to Mr Geiger.
"I walked out leaving everything inside because I didn't see a problem with him," he told The Sunday Mail.
"I left the apartment complex and that's when all the police arrived, I didn't know what was going on, when I came back from the shop I wasn't allowed back in.
"My ex-partner came and picked me up and showed me some footage of what's been going on in the last few days and I was completely in shock, I had no idea."
Mr Geiger was charged with accessory to murder after the fact and will attempt to make bail in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.
The court yesterday heard Mr Geiger was on parole, but this was expected to be cancelled by Queensland Corrections.
Outside of court, a man believed to be a family member of Mr Geiger described him as a "good bloke".
Mr Sikorsky's lawyer Brendan Ryan said the murder charge would be contested.
40-year-old Palmwoods woman Tracy Ann Thomson is facing the same charge as Mr Geiger and will appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on September 3.
Mr Geiger's case is also expected to be transferred to Beenleigh despite the alleged offence being committed on the Sunshine Coast.