“A very cowardly attack” Homeless man murdered as he slept

A homeless man has been violently murdered as he slept in his sleeping bag on the Sunshine Coast.

David Collin, 53, was found dead with severe head injuries at the rear of a community centre on Millwell Road East in Maroochydoore on September 9.

It’s understood a member of the public made the grim discovery just after 8.30am and called police.


Detectives say preliminary information suggests the homeless man was subject to a violent, unprovoked attack as he slept.

Police are now hoping to track down six people who they believe may be able to help with their investigations.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards from the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch said the victim was seen using a carry bag with wheels to transport his possessions so he may have stood out to people passing by.

“Between 6:00pm on Sunday evening to daylight on Monday morning, six people can be seen walking in the vicinity of where Mr Collin slept that night,” Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

“There are a couple of people on pushbikes and a few walking who we would like to identify and have come forward,” he said.

“Additionally, we would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the Millwell Road Community Centre on Sunday night or early on Monday morning to contact police.

“This appears to have been a very cowardly attack on a vulnerable person and we will continue to pursue all lines of inquiries to find whoever is responsible.”