Extradition of man at centre of airport manhunt

A Gold Coast man will be extradited to NSW to face murder charges tonight following a manhunt at Newcastle Airport and his arrest at Brisbane Airport.

Paul Darren Mulvihill, 44 of Surfers Paradise, was arrested by Queensland police after disembarking from a flight from Newcastle at the Brisbane airport just after 1pm.

He was immediately taken into custody and spent last night in the Brisbane watchhouse.

Magistrate Paul Kluck heard the extradition request at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Two NSW detectives were in court to escort Mr Mulvihill back to Sydney, following an investigation into the death of a woman at a North Curl Curl unit on Monday night.

Mr Mulvihill sat in the dock wearing a brown prison issue track suit. He kept his head turned away from the media and raised his hand to shield his face.

Mr Mulvihill was remanded in custody ahead of his appearance at the Central Court tomorrow morning.

Mr Mulvihill will be formally charged with murder upon his arrival back in NSW.

Outside court, defence solicitor Tim Meehan said his client would "vigorously defend himself" against any charges.

He described Mr Mulvihill as "distressed" but concerned for his family.

Neighbours had reported hearing shouting from the first floor unit in Pitt Road just before 9.30pm.

Police officers broke into the unit and found the woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, alone and seriously injured.

She died a short time later.

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