Murder accused are street kids

THE Rockhampton teenagers charged over a gruesome triple murder in Toowoomba early on Tuesday morning were street kids, a friend of one of the victims says.

Scott Geoffrey Maygar, 17, of Rockhampton, and two 16-year-old youths from Rockhampton and Toowoomba who cannot be named, appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates' Court yesterday on charges of murdering three men early on Tuesday. The three victims, who were found dead in a unit block in Toowoomba, were Michael Ross Thompson, 30, and David James Lyons and Tyson Robert Wilson, both 17.

The victims had been beaten so badly police needed dental records to identify them.

In a brief appearance before Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck, the three teenagers ? who were handcuffed and wore brown prison clothes ? did not say anything.

Mr Schemioneck remanded them in custody to appear later today for a mention.

A friend of Mr Thompson, Darren Thomas, told reporters outside court the three accused youths were homeless people invited to stay at the unit by Mr Thompson.

"He (Mr Thompson) was just helping out a couple of homeless street kids,'' Mr Thomas said. "They had nowhere to sleep and Michael invited them in.''

Police are still waiting for the results of autopsies on the three victims.

Three males, including two of the charged youths, were allegedly seen leaving the crime scene in a van with two teenage girls.

Police stopped the van on the Ipswich Motorway near Brisbane. The two girls and one boy were not charged.

One of the charged youths was found bashed in the unit.



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