VICTIM FIGHTS ON: A victim is taken from the scene of an alleged stabbing in Alma St. INSET: Aaron Flenady was killed in the attack
VICTIM FIGHTS ON: A victim is taken from the scene of an alleged stabbing in Alma St. INSET: Aaron Flenady was killed in the attack Melanie Plane Rokmhostel

Rockhampton man stabbed seven times

WITH stab wounds to his neck, chest, arm, back, abdomen and a deep slash across his forehead, a Rockhampton man staggered 50m down Alma St and collapsed last Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old was allegedly stabbed seven times by Rockhampton man Sebastiano Garofalo in an alleged attack outside the Ozcare Rockhampton Homeless Hostel for men.

Garofalo was allegedly still carrying a knife when police arrived,.

A second alleged victim, 32-year-old Aaron Flenady, died last Tuesday night from injuries sustained in the alleged stabbing.

The family of the 33-year-old victim, who cannot be named, yesterday spoke exclusively to The Morning Bulletin and shared the horrific details of the incident.

A family member of the victim, who cannot be named for privacy reasons, said his brother suffered serious injuries in the incident.

"He was stabbed seven times," the family member said.

"Twice in the abdomen puncturing his kidney and both bowels, once in the chest puncturing his lung, once in the neck, once in the back, once in the arm and he was slashed across his forehead.

"He suffered extensive injuries and underwent three surgeries in Rockhampton.

"He had internal bleeding from a severed artery and they didn't have the resources to further treat him in Rockhampton so he was airlifted to Brisbane on Friday morning.

"He underwent surgery with the cardiovascular team in Brisbane and is now in a critical but stable condition."

The family member was confident his brother would recover from the alleged attack.

"He has the best surgery team looking after him," he said.

"He's awake, he's still fighting and he should come through it all okay. He's tough."

The family member wished to quash any speculation the victims may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the incident occurred.

"We have seen people on social media speculating that drugs were involved," he said.

"There were no drugs or alcohol present in the blood of either of the victims."

The family member wished to thank the Rockhampton detectives, staff at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Ozcare for their ongoing help and support.

Garofalo was remanded in police custody for a committal call over on November 11 after appearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm last Wednesday.

While investigations are ongoing, The Morning Bulletin understands Garofalo's charges may be upgraded to murder and attempted murder in coming days.



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