Former lo­cal beaten to death

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FORMER Port Dou­glas res­i­dent Tauri Litch­field has been killed af­ter re­port­edly coming to the aid of a young woman be­ing at­tacked in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of Mr Litch­field in Man­durah on Sun­day night af­ter he was found in a car park with se­vere head in­juries and died a short time later.

A 17-year-old girl was also found beaten just me­tres away from Mr Litch­field’s body but po­lice say the two in­ci­dents are linked only by prox­im­ity at the moment, de­spite re­ports that Mr Litch­field went to the teenager’s aid but was blud­geoned to death when he tried to in­ter­vene.

Mr Litch­field’s sis­ter Kirra choked back tears as she pleaded for an­swers about her brother’s death.

‘‘He was so lov­ing and loved by so many peo­ple,’’ she said.

‘‘The peo­ple who have come for­ward and sup­ported us, and the peo­ple who loved him, it’s just been so over­whelm­ing.

‘‘It’s a fog and the only way we’re go­ing to get through the fog is if we find out what hap­pened that night.’’

It is un­der­stood Mr Litch­field was with friends and his part­ner Lisa at a ho­tel be­fore the at­tack.

Lisa left the pub to go to a friend’s house and Mr Litch­field later be­gan walking home.

Lo­cals who knew Tauri have ex­pressed sor­row at his sense­less death.

Hor­tu­lus owner John Sul­li­van said it was a tragedy.

‘‘Tauri was an en­er­getic and like­able young man, al­ways keen to be an ex­tra pair of hands on a job if we were short,’’ Mr Sul­li­van said.

‘‘ I think it was truly in his na­ture to help out oth­ers and I know there will be a lot of peo­ple around Port who would have known him and who will miss him.’’

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing

Pic­ture: RICHARD POLDEN

Sense­less: foren­sic po­lice at the scene of Tauri Litch­field’s sus­pi­cious death

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