A 33-year-old man is in police custody over the stabbing death of his partner’s father late on Christmas Day at a house west of Brisbane

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A policeman in front of a police car guarding a house that has been declared a crime scene

A 33-year-old man is in police custody over the stabbing death of his partner’s father late on Christmas Day at a house west of Brisbane.

Key points:

  • Detective Acting Inspector Heath McQueen says everyone at the house knew each other
  • He says “some alcohol had been consumed”
  • A 33-year-old man was located at Woodridge several hours after the man’s death

Officers were called to a house in North Ipswich just before midnight, where Warren Toby, 53, was found in the front yard of a home with serious stab wounds.

“On arrival at that address police were confronted with a male person in the yard who had suffered significant wounds and subsequently provided CPR to that male person with QAS assistance,” Detective Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said.

“Unfortunately as a result of those wounds he was pronounced deceased at 12:10am.

“I’m able to say that it was inter-familiar and there was a relationship there between the male in custody assisting us and the deceased’s 30-year-old daughter.

“Preliminary investigations have identified there were a number of persons present at that address yesterday known to each other, either related or in de facto relationships.”

A plain-clothes detective speaking to the media outside a police station

Detective Acting Inspector Heath McQueen says other family members are deeply distressed.(ABC News: Holly Richardson)

Detective Acting Inspector McQueen said it was a “fairly small gathering” and that “some alcohol had been consumed”.

He said police located the 33-year-old man at about 5:00am at a house in Woodridge, south of Brisbane.

“He’s now in custody with police and assisting us with our inquiries.”

Detective Acting Inspector McQueen said it had been very distressing for the family members who witnessed what happened and also for the first response police officers.

Both houses are being treated as crime scenes.

Forensic examinations are being carried out today and an autopsy will be performed today or tomorrow.

Detective Acting Inspector McQueen said they believed an “implement” had been used to stab Mr Toby.

He said it appeared to be “some sort of domestic dispute which unfortunately has escalated to a point where significant violence has occurred and a male person has lost his life”.

A man standing in a car port and looking into the distance

Neighbour Shane Muhling says the family has lived in the street for years.(ABC News: Holly Richardson)

Shane Muhling, who lives nearby, said he and his family were stunned by what had happened.

“Some bloke and an older bloke having a scuffle in the front yard and then one yelling out, ‘My dad’s been stabbed, call the police’,” Mr Muhling said.

“Then a car took off up the road really fast.

“Then we could hear the son, must have come down, holding his father and calling out, ‘Call the police, my father’s dying’.

“They were nice people, they’ve been there 15 to 20 years and always been good, no trouble.

“They look after homeless kids and troubled kids.”

Anyone with vision of the incident or further information is urged to contact police.

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