The family of slain Mackay woman Shandee Blackburn have come face to face with her accused murderer, vowing to follow the case, no matter how stressful it becomes.
John Peros, also from Mackay, briefly appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court over the robbery and murder of Ms Blackburn after his arrest yesterday.
Ms Blackburn, 23, was found with multiple stab wounds just metres from her home in February last year.
She was walking the short 150 metres to her house when she was attacked about 12:15am.
Police will alleged Peros, a former champion amateur boxer, is a former boyfriend of Ms Blackburn.
Her mother Vicki said it was disturbing seeing her accused killer in court, but vowed to follow the court cases when they proceed in Mackay.
"Nothing to do with this is going to be easy, but it's something we need to do for Shandee, to be here for Shandee," she said.
Despite the confronting day, Ms Blackburn said she got a sense of closure from seeing Peros in court.
"Tonight will be the first time I can go to bed and feel some peace," she said.
Ms Blackburn's sister Shannah is still grappling with the loss.
"We are faced with the reality that she is never coming back but we do everything that we possibly can to still represent Shandee in the best way possible," she said.
Peros, 32, was remanded in custody and will face a committal hearing in Mackay on October 9.
Peros' lawyer Andrew Bale, who became agitated at journalists outside court, said Peros will fight the chargers.
"When the time comes the matter will be litigated in a court, not in the media, thanks," he said.