Photo shows wounds of teen in self-defence stabbing
POLICE have photographed face and neck wounds on Dean Webber, the teenager who they say stabbed two men with a knife in self defence before the men bled to death outside his home.
The photograph shows a gash on his forehead and a deep red hand print on his neck, sustained when three men stormed his family's north Queensland beach house last week.
The slightly built 19-year-old picked up a 15cm kitchen knife after an injured woman took refuge following an accident near the house in sleepy Alva Beach, 100km southeast of Townsville.
With the lights turned off inside the house, the men burst through and grabbed Mr Webber "around the throat, lifted him off the ground and then threw him to the floor where all three men set upon him", a source close to the investigation told The Australian.
Police say that in the pitch darkness, Mr Webber defended himself with the knife, stabbing two of the men, once twice in the chest and the other in the armpit, which severed a major artery.
During the confrontation, Mr Webber suffered a self-inflicted wound to his left leg.
Corey Christensen, 37, and Tom Davy, 27, staggered from the house to the lawn and a gutter
outside and bled to death.
Unaware he had inflicted the fatal wounds, Mr Webber placed the bloody knife down, phoned police and then lay on the floor in his kitchen until officers arrived.
He told police he had fallen asleep watching the NRL grand final when he woke to the sound of loud banging on his door.
A hysterical Candice Locke begged him to let her in saying, "don't let them get me, they are very bad people".
Ms Locke, 29, was in pain having just suffered a dislocated shoulder from falling off a quad bike.
It is believed she had been drinking throughout the afternoon and grand final evening with Mr Davy, her partner and Mr Christensen, a local father of three.
The group was partying by the beach when she sustained the injury and wanted to call an ambulance, but was stopped by the men who were worried about being charged with drink-driving.
Mr Locke ran away from the group to the corner of Torilla and Topton streets, where she saw a light on in Mr Webber's house.
Mr Webber let Ms Locke inside and told her to hide on the kitchen floor as he dialled triple-0.
He requested an ambulance, and was put through to police who allegedly told him the nearest police station 15km away at Ayr was too understaffed to send a car.
Mr Webber was advised to turn off the lights, and "just see how it went".
Three men arrived at the house and banged on the door, then left, and minutes later seven men returned.
Mr Webber again rang triple-0, but heard the men tear the screen door off its hinges and enter the house.
As Ms Locke cowered behind a kitchen bench, the men allegedly grabbed Mr Webber who picked up a knife and slashed around in the darkness, cutting his own leg.
Ayr police station Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Hosie told reporters later that factors around the night "built into a perfect storm".
Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said it was an "extraordinary set of circumstances" that had ended in the two deaths.
"It's a case of the kind I've never come across before, and hopefully will never deal with again,'' he said.
"We still have to sit down and go through all the evidence and make sure all the evidence is lined up, before we make a decision either way.
"But it's likely no criminal charges will be laid and this will end up in the coroner's court."