Police have arrested a man who is alleged to have been at a Surfers Paradise property when Dre Nova died on Friday night.
At about 5.10pm on Sunday officers from Coffs Clarence Police District arrested Coskun Marius in a carpark on the Pacific Highway near Arthur Street, Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW.
He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where the Queensland arrest warrant will be executed.
It is expected the man will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday where Queensland detectives will apply for his extradition.
Earlier this weekend Queensland Police appealed for the 26-year-old, known as ‘CJ’, to come forward for questioning about Mr Nova’s death on the Gold Coast on Friday evening.
38-year-old Mr Nova was found with serious upper-body injuries at a run-down Surfers Paradise house at 5pm on Friday.
Mr Nova’s body was found slumped over in a recliner-style chair, covered in his own blood, and was dead by the time emergency crews arrived on scene.
Police had hoped to undercover CJ’s whereabouts on the night of Mr Nova’s death, as the two were known to each other and had both been at the property at the time of the incident.
During their search police had urged the public not to approach CJ’s vehicle if they see it, but call Crime Stoppers instead.
The house is still an active crime scene and the streets surrounding is been blocked.
A post-mortem was being carried out on Mr Nova’s body on Sunday.
Acting Detective Inspector Ward said the two were not affiliated with any criminal clubs or groups, but they were known to police.