Queensland police are investigating whether the death of a 60-year-old man on the Gold Coast this morning was the result of an ongoing dispute with a neighbour about bird feeding.
- Detective Inspector Chris Ahern says an early morning discussion “progressed into a dispute”
- A taxi driver who saw the altercation stopped to intervene
- Police suspect the dead man was assaulted with a broom handle
Paramedics were called to a street in Labrador at 5:40am and found the man collapsed and unresponsive.
Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Police are interviewing the man’s 48-year-old male neighbour.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahern said police were looking into whether the two men’s long-running disagreement about birds was behind the altercation.
“What we do know is the deceased was leaving his house and the other gentleman was outside his house and they’ve had some sort of discussion and that’s progressed into a dispute and physical altercation,” he said.
“One of these gentleman has retrieved a broom handle and potentially a broom handle was also used in the assault.
“That’s one of the theories we’re currently investigating — obviously disputes of this nature can be complex so we’re looking at all avenues there in terms of what the background is.
“It’s very concerning, we see this from time to time, a dispute between neighbours erupting into something more.
“It seems, on the face of it, that’s what’s happened here this morning.”
Inspector Ahern said a taxi driver driving past stopped when he saw the altercation “and has endeavoured to intervene”.
“He was absolutely successful in stopping it, we also believe he may have been the subject of an assault on him when he went to intervene, but those matter are continuing to be invested this morning,” he said.
Anyone with information is advised to contact Queensland police or Crime Stoppers.