The man accused of murdering Brisbane mother-of-four Anthea Mari has appeared briefly in court.

The man accused of murdering Brisbane mother Anthea Mari will remain behind bars while police build their case against him.

Jacob Michael Smith, 38, appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with murder, entering a dwelling with intent and other offences.

The unemployed man from Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, who has been described as a “friend” of the mother of four, was remanded in custody to appear in court on September 29.

He wore a brown prison tracksuit and didn’t speak during his appearance.

Police allege Smith entered Ms Mari’s Norman Park home in Brisbane’s inner east early on Tuesday and murdered her.

Two of Ms Mari’s daughters, aged 11 and 12, were home at the time.

Detectives won’t confirm reports their mother was strangled.

Smith was bitten on the leg by a police dog during a dramatic arrest on Wednesday after a public tip-off led police to a property at Gaven, on the Gold Coast.

He declined to be interviewed by detectives on advice from lawyer Adam Magill.

“My instructions were at this stage until we know something a little bit further not to participate in a record of interview,” Mr Magill told reporters outside court on Thursday.

“Obviously the charges are serious, so we need to address them cautiously.”

Ms Mari had been in and out of women’s refuges for 15 years after enduring domestic violence, and had appeared in a community campaign urging abused women to seek help.