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Stabbing suspects fled south: CIB

The Emerald Hotel was in lockdown following a stabbing Friday morning.
The Emerald Hotel was in lockdown following a stabbing Friday morning.

DETECTIVES have confirmed the men allegedly responsible for the stabbing at The Emerald Hotel on March 30 are connected to the two break-ins on the previous weekend.

Criminal Investigations Branch officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Michael Polit said warrants had been issued for the arrest of the men for grievous bodily harm and for the break and enters.

"During investigations into the stabbing we executed a search warrant at a Jacqueline Dr address and located a large quantity of stolen property from the breaks," Det Sgt Polit said.

"Information is that the two offenders left town a few hours after the stabbing... and are believed to be on the Gold Coast."

Det Sgt Polit said the two men were not from Emerald, although police believed the pair had been in town for a few months, possibly looking for work.

Damien Murphy, 20, was stabbed twice in his abdomen on March 30 after an altercation with the suspects at The Emerald Hotel's beer garden.

Mr Murphy had to be transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital with a suspected laceration to his liver.

"There does not appear to be any link between the victim and offenders," Det Sgt Polit said.

"We believe that people in town may still be in contact with them and encourage them to contact police.

"Also there are a number of witnesses to the stabbing that we have identified from CCTV footage from The Emerald Hotel and would encourage them to contact Emerald CIB."

The weekend previous, overnight on March 24, police believe the two men broke into Starbodies and Genesis Hair Design.

Police reports said the men gained entry into the 24-hour gym by breaking a sliding window with a hammer which Det Sgt Polit had previously described as "unique" to the offence.

Reports suggested the men used an outside bin to steal approximately $8000 of protein supplements, $2000 in cash and store computers from the Douglas St business.

On the same night, police allege the men stole a safe from Genesis Hair Design in Egerton St which was located in Cook Pl.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Emerald detectives on 4983 8124.


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