Fight ends in death
Man to appear in court over woman’s stabbing
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.’’