A 19-year-old man and his friend have been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend’s father after allegedly pistol whipping him and leaving him to die in southeast Queensland.
Queensland Police allege the two teenagers forced their way into a Springfield Lakes home at around 8.30pm on Saturday night.
One of the men allegedly punched 20-year-old Julie Murphy in the face and stole her phone. Nine News reports the man who assaulted her was her ex-boyfriend.
The pair then drove off in a white ute but were followed by the woman’s father David Murphy, his teenage son, and a 20-year-old family friend in a silver sedan.
Police say the two cars stopped and the men allegedly got out of the ute and threatened the 49-year-old father with a gun.
One of the teenagers then allegedly struck Murphy on the head with the gun, causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.
The 20-year-old driver of the silver sedan tried to help Murphy but was also allegedly assaulted.
The two teenagers fled the scene again in the white ute.
Queensland Police say emergency services treated Murphy but he was declared dead at the scene.
The 20-year-old man was taken to hospital with head injuries.
The two teenagers, one from Springfield Lakes and the other from Molendinar, were taken into police custody just before midnight on Saturday. They were later charged with one count each of murder, common assault, enter dwelling and robbery with violence.
They are slated to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.Source: Queensland Police
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