Charges upgraded to murder following December assault in Queanbeyan

David Murtagh 3 March 2020
NSW Police

A man charged with manslaughter in December has had the charges upgraded to murder. Photo: File.

A 50-year-old man charged in December with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, custody of a knife in a public place and manslaughter has had the charges upgraded to murder.

Just before 9.30 am on Boxing Day 2019, emergency services responded to reports of an assault on Trinculo Place, under the Queens Bridge.

Officers from Monaro Police District attended the scene and located a 46-year-old man who was semi-conscious.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene before being taken to Queanbeyan District Hospital. Despite the efforts of medical staff, the man later died.

Initial inquiries revealed the injured man had been approached by another man and was repeatedly punched before collapsing.

Detectives from Monaro Police District – assisted by detectives from State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad – established Strike Force Jinalee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

After investigations, NSW Police arrested a 50-year-old man at a home on Lowe Street, Queanbeyan, just before 12:30 am on Friday, 27 December 2019.

Following further Police inquiries, the manslaughter charge has been upgraded to murder. He will face Queanbeyan Local Court today (3 March).

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