A 48-year-old man from Biggera Waters has been charged with manslaughter after the death of 60-year-old man on Queensland’s Gold Coast early on Wednesday morning.
- 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 found the man, who has been identified as Bradley Ward, collapsed and unresponsive.
Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
It is understood Mr Ward lived at the property with his 82-year-old mother.
Police allege the 60-year-old became involved in an argument with the 48-year-old man, who was known to him, outside an address at Labrador around 5:15am.
They say things became physical, with Mr Ward knocked to the ground and assaulted by the younger man, before being struck in the head with a wooden instrument, believed to be a broomstick.
Mr Ward had managed to stand up and walk a short distance before collapsing.
The 48-year-old has has been charged with one count each of manslaughter and serious assault.
He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn 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.”
Detective Inspector Ahearn 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 matters are continuing to be invested this morning,” he said.
Anyone with further information is advised to contact Queensland police or Crime Stoppers.