Qld stabbing victims were a mother and son

A Queensland man has had a court hearing from his hospital bed following the alleged stabbing murders of a mother and son at a home in southern Brisbane.

Police believe Weifeng Huang, who was charged with the murders overnight, was in a relationship “for some months” with the female victim Liu Jifeng, 47, and all three lived at the Stretton house where the bodies were found.

The other victim was 20-year-old Wenhao Du.

Huang, 49, was unable to apply for bail during the brief phone hook-up with Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where the matter was adjourned until September 19.

His address is listed in court documents as in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Meridan Plains.

No domestic violence orders are in place, Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham told reporters on Tuesday.

The alleged offender underwent surgery at a Brisbane hospital overnight after suffering cuts to his arms in legs, which police believe happened during the attack early on Monday morning.

Two weapons located by police have been identified as a long-handled kitchen knife and a meat cleaver.

Detectives believe the accused man left the home in a silver SUV at 4.22am on Monday and was gone for about half an hour.

“The exact location of that vehicle for that period of time still remains a mystery,” Det Supt Massingham said.

“We do call upon people, delivery drivers, couriers, people going to work early, that may have seen that vehicle in the vicinity of this address during that 31-minute period to contact Crimestoppers.”

Huang, who speaks Cantonese, raised the alarm by calling triple zero and telling authorities he needed assistance about 9.40am on Monday.

He speaks limited English and the police needed an interpreter to assist in communication.

The alleged victims have relatives overseas and police have been working with the Chinese community to “piece together the complex matter,” Det Supt Massingham said.

“We are liaising with our colleagues overseas to provide timely advice to friends and family during this difficult time,” he said.

Autopsies on the two deceased will be carried out this week.

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Crime Scene Tape

Man charged with murder after bodies found inside Brisbane home

A 49-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder after two people were found dead inside a home in Brisbane’s south.

The bodies of the mother and son were discovered by police inside a property on Coolidge Court in Stretton around 9.40am.

It’s understood officers made the grim find after their alleged attacker phoned triple-zero.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said they were confronted with a “traumatic” scene.

“A number of police units attended a two-storey brick dwelling, where they were met at the front door of that dwelling by a 49-year-old male person,” Det Supt Massingham said.

“That male person at that time unlocked the front door and was seen to be suffering some injuries to his arms and legs.

“Police then ascended the internal staircase of the premises, where they noticed a large amount of blood on the staircase and immediately upon arrival on the second level of the premises have found two bodies.

“The scene was confronting and has been described as a frenzied attack on the two deceased persons.

“It was quite traumatic in terms of a large amount of blood that is present.”

The man, who was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, is expected to have a bedside hearing today.

Qld COVID wave peaks early but next one just around the corner

The state’s top doctor has declared that Queensland is now over the worst of the current COVID wave but has warned the next one is only a matter of months away.

Modelling released last month showed the state was not expected to reach the peak of this wave until late August.

It was predicted that as many as 1660 people would be in hospital with the virus by then.

On Monday, Queensland recorded 2504 new cases with the number of people in hospital dropping to 667.

The number of reported active cases has fallen to 35,482, down 45 per cent from the 66,569 cases recorded on July 26.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says it’s clear the third pandemic wave has peaked in Queensland.

“This is much earlier than national modelling had predicted and we believe this fantastic result is because Queenslanders have responded to national advice,” Dr Gerrard said.

However, Dr Gerrard has cautioned that despite the peak being over, the wave is not and he is urging Queenslanders to continue taking precautions.

He is also warning of another likely increase in cases later this year saying the virus is not going away.

“We are going to continue to have ongoing transmission in the community at a lower level. Now, the current pattern that we have seen in Queensland and worldwide, is of a wave every three months.

“We still believe it is likely there will be a further wave this year after another three months, probably towards the end of the year. But it is likely that as time goes by, these waves will become milder in severity.

“That’s certainly the hope and expectation from all of us.”

Man, woman found dead in home in Brisbane’s south

A major investigation has been launched after the discovery of two bodies in a home in Brisbane’s south.

The bodies of a man and woman were found after officers were called to the property on Coolidge Court, Stretton just after 9.30am on Monday.

A man was taken into custody and has since been taken to hospital for treatment.

It’s not clear what injuries the man is being treated for.

A crime scene has been established with forensic officers currently combing through the home.

Police have also cordoned off the street.

More to come.

 

Court

Man in court over triple shooting killings

A man accused of shooting three family members dead on a remote Queensland cattle property has appeared in court for the first time.

Darryl Valroy Young, 59, has been charged with three counts of murder and another count of attempted murder.

He will remain behind bars after his case was adjourned following his appearance via video link at Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Young’s matter was listed for 8.30am.

But the court was reportedly opened half an hour early for it to be mentioned, with Young appearing via video link from the watchhouse at Whitsunday Police Station, Cannonvale.

Neighbours of the victims made the long trip to Proserpine court for Young’s first appearance.

The victims have been identified as Mervyn and Maree Schwarz, aged 71 and 59, and Maree’s son Graham Tighe, aged 35.

The neighbours said they wanted to show support for the victims’ family as they tried to comprehend the tragedy.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” they told the Daily Mercury.

The sole survivor of the shooting is recovering in hospital and remains in a stable condition following the incident between neighbours near Bogie, northwest of Mackay.

Graham Tighe’s brother Ross is recovering from a gunshot wound to the stomach and has been interviewed by police.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Mr Tighe and his family.

“We have created this fund to help them with the aftermath of suddenly having their worlds turned upside down,” it said.

“Please help us lessen some of this burden and unforeseen future costs.”

On Monday morning almost $11,000 had been raised.

Police believe Young met his neighbours at the boundary line of their properties before the shooting occurred early on Thursday morning.

The injured Mr Tighe managed to flee by car and raise the alarm before being airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital to undergo surgery for critical injuries.

He was found by police about 40km away from the shooting scene.

Police then locked down the surrounding rural cattle properties before conducting a sweep.

Young and two other people, who were held by police but later released, were found on his property.

Whitsunday councillor Mike Brunker said on Friday that the Tighes had moved to Bogie about 12 months earlier.

“Just an absolute tragic situation,” he told Seven’s Today program.

Young – a long-term resident of the area – is due to appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on November 1.

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