According to police, four men, including James Baumgart, were involved in a fight at a home in John St in Maryborough, pictured above, around 5pm Sunday, October 1. Picture: The Gympie Times.
According to police, four men, including James Baumgart, were involved in a fight at a home in John St in Maryborough, pictured above, around 5pm Sunday, October 1. Picture: The Gympie Times.

UPDATE: Murder charge, police guard M'boro scene

Update: 7.30am

A MARYBOROUGH man will front court this morning charged with murder.

It comes after a 43-year-old man was discovered dead in Gympie yesterday.

Police will allege an altercation occurred between four men at an address on John Street in Maryborough around 5pm Sunday. 

Police guard the scene in Maryborough.
Police guard the scene in Maryborough. Carlie Walker

Two men then allegedly fled the scene in a white ute after sustaining injuries.

A third man, aged 36, was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital after sustaining a non-life-threatening stab wound to his abdomen.

At approximately 10pm on Sunday, a white ute crashed into the front gate of a property on Burns Road, Ross Creek, near Gympie. 

The vehicle was abandoned upon impact and police conducted extensive patrols of the nearby area but were unable to locate persons of interest.

At 6am Monday, police located a 45-year-old man allegedly linked to the located vehicle who was then taken into custody to assist with police inquiries.

At 10am, a 43-year-old man was located deceased, down an embankment at a property on Burns Road.

Ongoing investigations by police led to the arrest yesterday evening of a 36-year-old Island Plantation man alleged to have been involved in the initial altercation at John Street, during which the 43-year-old deceased man sustained serious injuries.

He has been charged with murder, assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage and is due to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today. 

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: 6pm

ONE man is dead and another is in hospital with stab wounds after a dramatic chain of events between Maryborough and Gympie.

The police investigation began after a Maryborough man was allegedly stabbed in John St on Sunday.

He was taken to the Hervey Bay Hospital with a wound to his stomach.

About 6pm, a white ute allegedly linked to the stabbing crashed into the front gate of a property on Burns Rd near Gympie.

Police allege the ute was abandoned upon impact and despite extensive patrols of the nearby area, no one was found.

About 6am Monday police arrested a 45-year-old man linked to the vehicle in the vicinity of Burns Road.

Then, at 10am, a second man was located deceased, down an embankment at a property on Burns Road.

Police are appealing for anyone in the Maryborough and Gympie area with information or dashcam vision that may assist with the investigation to come forward.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Quote this reference number: QP2002262945.



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