Former teacher Chris Dawson will be extradited to NSW over the suspected murder of his wife, Lynette, who disappeared from their Sydney home nearly 37 years ago.
The 70-year-old placed his head in his hands as details of his wife's disappearance were read out in Southport Magistrates Court.
An application for bail was refused by Queensland magistrate Dennis Kinsella who declared he did not have the power to grant it and Dawson was taken into the custody of NSW detectives.
He is expected to face a Parramatta court on Thursday.
Mr Kinsella described the police case as "circumstantial" given Dawson's wife's body has never been found.
He said the case would hinge on allegations of Dawson's illicit affair and the deterioration of his relationship with his wife.
"His desire was to leave the relationship and there were outstanding property issues," Mr Kinsella said.
There had been evidence of domestic violence in his marriage, the court heard.
The prosecution is expected to allege Mrs Dawson was not "financially viable" to leave the marriage and had no desire to leave the area.
The former Newtown rugby league player was arrested at a Gold Coast home on Wednesday.
Ms Dawson was 33 when she went missing from their home on Sydney's northern beaches in January 1982, leaving behind two young daughters.
NSW Police sought his extradition after new evidence in the cold case, some of it surfacing as a result of The Australian newspaper's investigative podcast The Teacher's Pet.
During the bail application, duty lawyer Rachael Barnes told the court Dawson was willing to live with his brother in NSW and hand himself in to authorities.
The court was told Dawson had co-operated with investigators, was not a flight risk and was willing to surrender his passport.
Dawson appeared wearing a grey T-shirt and shorts and did not look at the gallery packed with media.
He did not make a statement to the court and was not supported by family or friends.