Fight ends in death

Man to ap­pear in court over woman’s stab­bing

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A MAN, 54, will ap­pear in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court this morn­ing af­ter al­legedly mur­der­ing his part­ner dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute at the week­end.

Townsville po­lice De­tec­tive Se­nior-Sergeant Dave Miles said of­fi­cers were called to a dis­tur­bance on Park Rd, Palm Is­land about 12.20am on Sat- ur­day, where they found a 53-year-old woman ly­ing un­con­scious on the floor.

‘‘ We be­lieve there’s been a dis­pute be­tween the two par­ties and dur­ing the course of the dis­pute, we’ve al­leged that the ar­rested per­son has stabbed the vic­tim to the chest with a knife,’’ he said.

Sen-Sgt Miles said the woman was rushed to hos­pi­tal where she died.

He said an au­topsy to be con­ducted early this week would de­ter­mine how many times the woman was stabbed and pro­vide more de­tails about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her death.

Sen-Sgt Miles said de­tec­tives and forensic of­fi­cers from Townsville trav­elled to the is­land to help lo­cal po­lice.

He said the man was brought back to Townsville on Satur­day to await his court ap­pear­ance to­day.

Palm Is­land Mayor Al f Lacey said the tight-knit com­mu­nity was in mourn­ing over the loss, given the vic­tim was a well-known and re­spected com­mu­nity mem­ber.

‘‘ Our heart­felt sor­row goes out to the fam­ily,’’ he said.

‘‘ Our com­mu­nity is very sad­dened and we all send our prayers and wishes to the fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.’’

Cr Lacey said the woman, who can­not be named for cul­tural rea­sons, was quiet and com­mu­nity-minded but was best known for her strength of char­ac­ter.

‘ ‘She was very fam­ily - ori­en­tated and was some­one who was so hum­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘ She ac­tu­ally helped raise her brothers and sis­ters af­ter her par­ents died. She was sort of like the ma­tri­arch of her fam­ily, be­ing the el­dest sib­ling she was al­ways there for her youngest brothers and sis­ters.’’

He said when­ever a tragedy hap­pened on the is­land, the en­tire com­mu­nity felt it.

‘‘ Palm Is­land is a very close and strong com­mu­nity, but when some­thing like this hap­pens, it re­ally dis­heart­ens the peo­ple,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ Ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­body and ev­ery­body knows ev­ery­body’s fam­ily.’’

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