Backpacker bashed with wooden baton at campground

COOROIBAH camp ground owner Matthew James Carnie reacted violently when he heard a backpacker had been handing out pamphlets for a nearby competitor, a court has heard.

The 37-year-old was in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to be sentenced today for bashing a 23-year-old German tourist with a wooden baton on February 5.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rick Pallister said the victim had booked to stay at the Gagaju Bush Camp from February 5 until February 7 but in the days before had been unable to confirm the booking.

Matthew James Carnie, 37, leaves Maroochydore police station watch house earlier this month.
Matthew James Carnie, 37, leaves Maroochydore police station watch house earlier this month. Stuart Cumming

Carnie had owned the camp for more than 10 years, the court heard.

Sgt Pallister said the victim ended up checking into Elanda Point Education Centre and Adventure Park at Boreen Point, but went to Gagaju with two companions about 5.30pm on February 5 to make a complaint.

He was unable to find a manager and after meeting with some fellow Germans who were staying at the camp, handed out about four or five pamphlets advertising the Elanda Point camp.

Sgt Pallister said the victim and his companions were back at the Elanda Point camp ground when a car containing four or five men arrived in the grounds.

He said the victim was approached by Carnie, who was holding a wooden baton and verbally abusing him.

Carnie said words to the effect of "what did you think you were doing at our camp" and "you have no idea who we are".

The victim was struck in the side of the head with the baton, causing him to retreat into a kitchen.

Sgt Pallister said another of the men picked up a hammer and threatened the victim before Carnie hit him again in the head with the baton.

He said another of the men then intervened.

"The victim was further threatened and told next time they will take him with them," Sgt Pallister said.

The group then left.

Defence solicitor Robert Butler began detailing the account of a man who he said was at the Gagaju camp when the victim was there but Sgt Pallister objected to his submissions on the grounds they were not a part of the agreed facts.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy said the information being submitted could potentially have a big impact on the sentence so she adjourned the case so the defence could disclose further material to the prosecution.

Carnie's matters are next due for mention March 14.

Topics:  backpacker bashing cooroibah sunshine coast

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

A family fun day for all

GET INVOLVED: This year's St Joseph's family fun day will have a range of unique activities for all ages.

Support St Joseph's in Clermont at their annual Family Fun Day.

Blackwell comes to CH

IN TOWN: Aussie cricketer Alex Blackwell will be   a   speaker at Emerald's Epic Street Party on March 22.

Alex Blackwell will be a guest speaker in Emerald next week.

Step back for local graziers

DISAPPOINTED AND DISGUSTED: Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar and farmer/grazier Ian Sampson.

Proposed legislation raises ire on local farms.

Local Partners