Court men­tion for O’Keefe’s al­leged drug- fu­elled ram­page

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMA­HON

THE case against An­thony O’Keefe, 33, will be mentioned in court this week a year on from his al­leged stab­bing frenzy in Wul­guru.

O’Keefe was ar­rested on Wright St in July last year, al­legedly naked and cov­ered in blood fol­low­ing a drug- fu­elled ram­page.

It will be al­leged O’Keefe went to the Ke­pler St home of Brit­tny Speechly about 10pm on July 26, stab­bing the 26- year- old woman in the chest, stom­ach and face.

An al­legedly naked and bloody O’Keefe then crossed the road, where he is ac­cused of break­ing into the home of 81- year- old El­iz­a­beth “Beth” Kip­pin and stab­bing her in the chest be­fore try­ing to kick in her neigh­bour’s door.

Po­lice will al­lege he then jumped a fence and stabbed a fa­ther of two in the face while he at­tempted to take his chil­dren in­side his home.

It will be fur­ther al­leged that O’Keefe con­tin­ued his ram­page, punch­ing and head­but­ting cars, pulling down fence pal­ings and try­ing to stab a dog be­fore he was ar­rested.

Mrs Kip­pin’s body would lie in her home for hours be­fore be­ing dis­cov­ered about 9am on July 27, found by a con­cerned neigh­bour who went to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter notic­ing she had not re­trieved her news­pa­per. Her bru­tal killing shocked res­i­dents, with many de­scrib­ing Mrs Kip­pin as the “grand­mother” of Wright St.

O’Keefe has been charged with one count of mur­der, two counts of at­tempted mur­der, one count of en­ter dwelling with in­tent, one count of at­tempted en­ter dwelling and com­mit, one count of un­law­ful wound­ing, seven counts of wil­ful dam­age, two counts of se­ri­ous as­sault po­lice and three counts of se­ri­ous ob­struct po­lice.

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