Cape York murder witnesses attempted to save victim's life


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Detective Inspector Sonia Smith provided details of the murder at a remote Cape York Community to the media Cairns. Image: QPS.

Police have released details of how members of a remote Cape York community rushed to help a 60-year-old man who was stabbed in the neck yesterday.

Addressing the media in Cairns today, Detective Inspector Sonia Smith thanked members of the Portland Roads Community for trying to help the fatally injured man.

Police allege a 35-year-old man wielding a knife, who also stabbed a 65-year-old woman in the arm, stabbed the man in the neck at about 8.30 yesterday morning.

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“Our thoughts are with the victim and their family at this time,” she said. 

“We understand this is a difficult time and we as police are providing as much support as we can.

“I want to thank witnesses and the people who came forward and provided first aid to the victim at the scene.

“Sadly the victim died at the scene but I want to acknowledge the efforts made at the scene to try to save the man’s life. “ 

Police from as far as Cairns, Weipa, and the State Crime Command were rushed to the small community, about 45 minutes north of Lockhart River, following the violent attack.

Police will allege at about 8.30am an argument occurred between the victim and the younger man, resulting in the stabbing attack.

The 65-year-old woman was transported to Cairns for medical treatment and police expect she will make a full recovery.

D.I. Smith said the woman had lived through a traumatic experience and police would do all they could to assist her.

“She is clearly upset; she not only witnessed a horrific crime but she also suffered injures of her own,” she said.

“We will be providing as much support as we can to her during this time.”

While police say the three people involved in the incident were known to one another, their relationship could not be revealed as the matter is before the courts.

Police took the offender into custody just hours after the incident occurred and he appeared before the Cairns Magistrates Court today via video link from Lockhart River. 

D.I. Smith said police will remain in the small community until they feel they have exhausted their investigation into the incident.

“Police are still investigating and will remain in the area for the next few days,” she said.

“It is a remote part of Cape York and we won’t be withdrawing resources until we are satisfied we have spoken to all the witnesses and examined the crime scene thoroughly.”

D.I. Smith said she could not confirm if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crime.

She said police thanked members of the community for their cooperation during the ongoing investigation.

“I would also like to acknowledge the communities of Lockhart River and Portland Roads who are directly affected by this crime,” she said. 

“As police we will continue to support them as much as we can.” 

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