Major investigation underway after Gold Coast neighbourhood dispute turns deadly

UPDATE @ 10.00am | A long-running neighbourhood dispute has quickly turned deadly on the Gold Coast this morning, resulting in the death of a 60-year-old man.

It’s understood the man and his 48-year-old neighbour got into an altercation outside their Labrador homes around 5.30am, while both their families were inside their homes.

During the fight, the 60-year-old man collapsed to the ground unconscious and despite paramedics best efforts, he could not be saved.


Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch said a passing taxi driver saw what happened and tried to intervene.

“He has absolutely been successful in stopping it,” Det. Insp. Ahearn told reporters on Wednesday morning.

“We believe he might have also been the subject of an assault on him when he went to intervene but those matters are continuing to be investigated this morning.”

The victim’s neighbour is still being questioned by police but no charges have been laid at this stage.

Police said it remain unclear exactly how the 60-year-old man died as he only appeared to have “grazing type injuries” to his arm and head. However, a broom handle was apparently used during the altercation.

Detectives said there was no indication the man had suffered a medical episode but further tests needed to be conducted.

“It is too early for us to tell,” Det. Insp. Ahearn said.

“Obviously we’ll look to the medical opinions as to what his injuries are.”

Police have confirmed the two neighbours had been part of a long-running dispute, possibly over the feeding of birds.

“That’s one of the theories that we’re currently investigating,” he said.

“Obviously disputes of this nature can be complex so we’re looking at all avenues there in terms of what the background to that is.”

Mr Ahearn admitted disputes turning deadly was ‘concerning’.

You know we see this from time to time, a dispute between neighbours really erupting into something more and it seems on the face of it that’s what’s happened here this morning,” he said.

“Yeah it’s extremely concerning for that to be taking place in a suburban area.”

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Whiting Street area between 5am and 6am to come forward.

EARLIER @ 7.30am | Investigations are underway on the Gold Coast this morning, following the sudden death of a man in Labrador.

The middle-aged man was found collapsed outside a home on Whiting Street just after 5.30am.

Members of the public made the discovery, before emergency services rushed to the scene.

Sadly nothing could be done and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

A 48-year-old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries, but charges are yet to be laid.

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