Murder charge follows 'fight'

A MAN, 23, has been charged with murder following the death of a 25-year-old man at the weekend.

Mackay police were called to River Street just before 5am Saturday following an alleged altercation between two men on the footpath outside an unoccupied house opposite the Mackay City Childcare Centre.

It was alleged the two men had met briefly earlier in the night in Victoria Street and both had been drinking throughout the night, said Detective Senior Sergeant Rodd Carroll of Mackay police CIB.

The victim, who police said had not long moved to Mackay from South Australia to work in the mining industry, and a friend had been walking to the Rivage apartment building, along River Street from the CBD, when a man allegedly pulled up in his vehicle, got out and verbally challenged them.

Sergeant Carroll said an altercation had allegedly ensued and the 25-year-old had been found by police lying in the street with a critical head injury.

“Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) attempted to revive the man; he was transported to the Mackay Base Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Sergeant Carroll said.

A man allegedly fled the scene on foot, but was chased by two civilians who witnessed the incident; they detained him in Gordon Street until police arrived, Sergeant Carroll said.

“Police conducted their investigations and charged a 23-year-old man with murder,” he said.

A 23-year-old man, from Charters Towers, will face the Mackay Magistrates Court today.

River Street residents in the vicinity were unaware of the incident until they woke to find police cars and officers at the crime scene.

George Borg, an elderly resident who lives nearby, said he didn't hear anything, but awoke to find blue and white police tape cordoning off that section of the street.

“I knew there was something drastic going on when I saw all the cop cars and knew it was really bad when I saw a police officer with a camera walking around,” he said.



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