A man responsible for the stabbing death of two men on Alva Beach, south of Townsville, described fear for his life and told police, “We had no chance against, in a video interview played while investigating the coronial game you”.
- Thomas Davy and Corey Christensen died of stab wounds after breaking into Dean Webber’s house in 2018
- Mr Webber told police the men were looking for Candice Locke, who had taken refuge with him
- According to police, Mr. Webber acted in self-defense and no one was charged
Thomas Davy, 27, and Corey Christensen, 37, died after breaking into Dean Webber’s home on October 1, 2018.
Both men had stab wounds and were found dead at the scene.
No one was charged with the incident as police believed the then 19-year-old Webber was defending himself when the men entered his home.
The inquiry into the deaths of Mr Davy and Mr Christensen is heard in Cairns this week and is investigating the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service’s response to the incident.
It is also investigating why her death was not charged.
“Never been so scared in my life”
The Coroner’s Court was shown a video walkthrough of the scene with Mr. Webber this morning in the days following the incident.
In the video, Mr. Webber told police that two men came to his house to look for Candice Locke, who had taken refuge with him.
He said Mrs. Locke told him she was thrown out of a buggy and three men left after Mr. Webber refused to open the door of his house for them.
“They came back a few minutes later – I heard the buggy pull up and I took one look at it and it was them again … three of them on foot,” Webber said on the video.
He described it to the police, who feared for his safety, when the three men yelled at him from outside while they tried to break into the house and told the officers that there was a knife on the kitchen bench nearby.
“When the first male person opened the door over the latch, the three of them came in and started beating me,” Webber told police.
“I’ve never been so scared in my whole life – I thought they were going to kill me.”
Mr Webber told police that he did not remember what he did with the knife.
“It was in my left hand – I don’t know what I did,” said Webber.
“I was only trying to stop it because I didn’t want either of us to die.
“They burst through the curtain … said something like ‘bingo, damn it’.
“I can’t remember words – there are spaces everywhere – I just don’t want to remember.
The court was also shown a video tour of the scene by police and Mr. Christensen’s friend Louis Bengoa, who was with the two men the night they died, was also shown in court.
The court heard Mr Bengoa tell police that the three men had gone to Mr Webber’s house to find Ms. Locke, but Mr Bengoa said he had not entered the house.
“Corey and Thomas knocked and Thomas said, ‘Candice, I can see you – come out,'” said Mr Bengoa.
“Is [Mr Davy] really started to get angry for not responding to him. It all happened very quickly and I heard beating.
“When I got to the steps, Thomas came out with a white shirt and blood on him.
“I said, ‘Where’s Corey?’
“Then I saw him on the ground – I thought he had fallen.
“I couldn’t see any blood until I got very close and then I realized it was more than a fall.”
Mr Bengoa told the police he was sitting on the floor and holding Mr Christensen’s hand until paramedics arrived.
Neck marks “in line with grasping”
Detective Sergeant Gavin Neal, the lead investigator on the case, told the coroner that he ordered a forensic investigation into Mr. Webber’s injuries after he was taken into custody.
He said Mr Webber had markings on his neck that match a fingerprint.
The forensic report of Mr. Webber’s injuries also listed bruises on his face and left leg, and abrasions on his head and both hands.
Calls to emergency services from the night the two men were stabbed were released by a coroner.
On his third call to Triple-0 that night, Mr. Webber can be heard telling the operator: “I just stabbed a guy who broke into my house.”
“There is blood everywhere. I think I killed him. I’m scared, ”said Mr. Webber.
Mr Webber told the operator that he tried to lock himself in a room but “they tore the door down”.
“I have an injured woman with me [Candice Locke] and they attacked them physically and they attacked me. “
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