The scene at Farmer St, Edmonton where police are investigating a stabbing death at the residential home. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN
The scene at Farmer St, Edmonton where police are investigating a stabbing death at the residential home. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN

Girl, 17, on kill charge under new laws

A 17-YEAR-OLD White Rock girl charged with the alleged stabbing murder of a 22-year-old Edmonton man is the first person facing such a charge under the state's new youth justice reforms.

As of February 12, any 17-year-old charged in Queensland is handled by the youth justice system to be treated as juveniles. The Palaszczuk government passed legislation in late 2016 to ensure 17-year-olds would no longer be treated as adults, bringing the state in to line with the rest of the country.

Officer in charge of Cairns CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher, said the reforms would not change the way officers investigated.

"The Cairns Child Protection Investigation Unit has perused responsibly of this investigation as a consequence of that, but fundamentally, it's exactly the same," he said.

A blood stained sheet in the gutter. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN
A blood stained sheet in the gutter. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN

" ... certainly I believe this is the first offence of this nature that's arisen since it's changed."

It's alleged the 17-year-old White Rock girl and the 22-year-old man had become involved in an argument during a party at a Farmer St home before she allegedly stabbed him in the neck with a knife at about 9pm on Wednesday.

Emergency services found the man collapsed in the front yard and despite efforts to revive him he was declared dead at the scene.

Due to the youth justice reforms, the Cairns Post is unable to identify the victim as it may lead to the identification of the girl in custody.

Det Snr Sgt Kinbacher said there were five other people at the home at the time of the alleged stabbing.

"This appears to be a tragic spur of the moment event," he said.

Nearby resident Michael Thompson said it was a shock in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood.

"When I came out they were still doing CPR on him, I stood here for about half an hour and they were going for half an hour," he said.

"It's a very quiet street ... you don't expect to see something so close."

Officer in charge of Cairns CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher. Picture: Andrea Falvo
Officer in charge of Cairns CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher. Picture: Andrea Falvo

The girl will reappear in court via video link next month. The Cairns Post's application to report on court proceedings has been adjourned.

News Corp Australia


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