New twist in fatal double stabbing
POLICE are investigating whether the stabbing deaths of two men in a north Queensland beachside village were an act of self-defence.
News Queensland can reveal Candice Locke, fearing for her life, ran to a house at Alva Beach, near Ayr, and banged on the door shouting for help.
Ms Locke, who had suffered a dislocated shoulder in an earlier assault, was in pain and believed she was in grave danger.
Dean Webber, 19, who had been staying at the family home at Topton St, let her in the house.
But shortly after, father-of-three Corey Christensen, 37, and Tom Daly, 27, are believed to have stormed the house.
Mr Webber is believed to have stabbed both men in what is being investigated as an act of self-defence to protect himself and Ms Locke, 29.
Both Mr Christensen and Mr Daly died of their injuries.
Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said officers were still trying to piece together how Ms Locke came to be injured and why the two men had chased her down.
She is yet to give a formal statement while she undergoes medical treatment and is under police guard at Townsville Hospital.
"She's been in and out of surgery to get her shoulder repaired and we're still to get her side of the story," Inspector Lawson said yesterday.
"We need her version of events and hopefully that'll shed some light on exactly what happened.
"It's an extraordinary string of events that's ended in tragedy."
Police believe the injured Ms Locke had picked the house at random - or because it still had lights on inside - and had been looking for a place to call an ambulance shortly after midnight following Sunday's NRL grand final.
"It's very unusual, normally we'd expect linkages between the four people, but in this case the dots do not connect," Inspector Lawson said.
Ms Locke did know one of the victims but it is unclear the extent of their relationship.
Police do not believe the deaths are drug-related.
Mr Webber, an apprentice fitter from a well-known local family, was arrested and taken into police custody but was yesterday released with no charges laid.
"We're certainly looking at it as a case of self-defence," Inspector Lawson said.
"We're preparing a police report for the Coroner, and it is possible no criminal charges will be laid.
"But this will certainly end up inside a court room in one way or another."
He said the families of all the people involved were "very distraught" and "seeking answers" about the double fatal stabbing that has rocked the tight-knit community in the Burdekin district.
"Hopefully we'll have those answers in the very near future."
Mr Webber was yesterday released from custody after assisting police.