18yo charged with stabbing murder of teen in Gold Coast park

UPDATE @ 4.00PM: The man charged with the stabbing murder of a Gold Coast teen will remain behind bars.

Jarvis Farrier, 18, had his case briefly mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon.

He’s accused of stabbing 17-year-old Harrison Geppert in the back at Varsity Lakes on Wednesday afternoon.


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Farrier did not appear in court himself when his matter was mentioned.

His lawyer made no application for bail on his behalf and he was remanded in custody.

Farrier’s case will return to court in two weeks.

EARLIER @ 2.45PM: Police have now charged a man over the stabbing death of a teenager in a Gold Coast park.

Harrison Geppert, 17, was stabbed in the back at Frascott Park late on Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics attempted to save the teen but he died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man handed himself into Police last night and has now been charged with the teen’s murder.

He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Police say he has refused to answer any questions during the interview process.

Detectives have spent the day scouring the park while they have also searched a home at Upper Coomera.

Officers were seen leaving the home with several bags of evidence.

Acting Detective Superintendent Brenden Smith says they are still searching for others involved in the altercation.

“We’ll be further alleging there were two vehicles in the street.

“We’re seeking anyone in that immediate vicinity who may have seen two strange vehicles where a group of males have got out of one vehicle and commenced to assault the deceased.

“Then the accused has got out of a second vehicle and stabbed him in the back while he’s being assaulted by the first group of males.”

Police say they are yet to retrieve the alleged murder weapon.

EARLIER @ 11.55 AM | Police have revealed they’re searching for up to eight other people following the stabbing death of a teenager on the Gold Coast.

Harrison Geppert, 17, was found with a stab wound to his back in Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics desperately worked to save the teen, who is the brother of former Hells Angels bikie Ben Geppert, however he couldn’t be revived and died at the scene.

Detectives have since revealed that they believe the youngster was attacked in a nearby street, before seeking shelter in the popular park.

“Up to 7 or 8 males were involved in some sort of altercation in the street, the age of the people involved are in their late teens,” Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith, Regional Crime Coordinator for the South Eastern Police Region said at a press conference on Thursday.

The victim and his attacker were known to each other, with police confirming there is no ongoing threat to the public.

“Gold Coasters can be assured that it’s safe to continue on with their daily lives, they can take their dog for a walk…” Detective Inspector Smith said.

An 18-year-old man is continuing to assist police with inquiries after handing himself in to officers at Coomera Police Station last night.

Detective Inspector Smith said a fight over a past incident is believed to have been what sparked the fatal attack.

“Unfortunately it appears to be something as simple as two groups of youths arguing over a previous incident where one didn’t back up the other,” he said.

“I don’t think people today understand the consequences of their actions and it’s led to very tragic circumstances… I feel for the victim’s family.”

Detective Smith said police were confident that the seriousness of the event will sink home today.

“Any use of violence to resolve any sort of disagreement is unacceptable, it wont be tolerated, from the smallest assault to something as tragic as this, those responsible will face the full consequences of their actions,” he said.

Officers are still searching for the object used in the attack, which has been described as a “bladed weapon of some sort”, with police appealing for residents in the area to check their yards and outdoor bins.

Detectives are continuing to scour the park today, with searches at a number of other “addresses of interest” also ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

EARLIER @ September 5, 6.00 AM | An 18-year-old man has handed himself into police following the stabbing death of a teenager in a popular Gold Coast park.

Harrison Geppert, who has been identified as the younger brother of well-known former Hells Angel bikie Ben Geppert, was found with stab wounds to his back in Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics desperately worked to save the teen, but he died at the scene.

In a post on social media a short time later, Mr Geppert vowed to not rest until he makes the person responsible pay.

“Rest in paradise Harry Geppert I love you my little brother!” he wrote.

“I love you more then anything regardless of the things that have gone on in our family your still my blood and I promise I won’t rest till I have made this person pay!”

In another post, Geppert said he was “heartbroken” by the loss of his brother.

“Nothing compares to the feeling of losing my little brother,” he wrote.

“Harry you were a true Geppert, a soldier.

“Just know I was proud of you and I’m sorry I wasn’t there to stop this from happening.”

It’s not yet been confirmed what led to the stabbing attack, however it’s understood police are investigating a possible feud between the 17-year-old and a group of other teens.

The 18-year-old is currently assisting police with ongoing investigations.

EARLIER @ September 4, 8.45 PM | A 17-year-old boy is dead after being stabbed in a popular Gold Coast park.

Emergency Services were called to Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes at 5.40pm this afternoon after reports a boy had been assaulted in the dog park area.

The boy had suffered significant injuries to his back.

Paramedics attempted to save the teen but he died at the scene.

A crime scene has been established and the area has been cordoned off.

Officers have been doorknocking neighbours and questioning locals as they investigate the death.

Police are continuing a major manhunt this evening with Polair also called in to assist.

More to come.

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