Murder accused lived here

A FORMER Leyburn resident is one of two men charged over a horrific double murder in Ipswich.

Zachary Michael Maloney, 22, who resided at Leyburn until late 2010, is in custody following the night-time stabbing of two other young men in the middle of suburban Hill St in North Ipswich during a confrontation at about 11.45pm on Saturday.

His co-accused, 18-year-old Luke Michael Jackson, has also been charged with two counts of murder and the pair are further charged with one count of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

Warwick police yesterday confirmed Maloney lived in Leyburn near the hotel before moving to Ipswich. It is understood he lived here with his father.

Hill St residents have told of their horror after becoming aware of a disturbance on the street.

Reports were that five young people were involved in a confrontation which ended in the fatal stabbing of Brad Girling, 22, and Brandon Matthews, 18, both of Ipswich.

Mr Girling died at the scene and Mr Matthews died later in Ipswich Hospital, with a third man, aged 24, taken to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital with a non life-threatening stab wound to his back.

Maloney and Jackson appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday and were remanded in custody to next appear on February 8.

Ipswich police said it appeared the attack began after a group of people arrived to visit a home in the street.

It is understood the stabbing victims were engaged and Mr Girling was the father of a one-year old boy. Both are believed to have worked at JBS Australia abattoir at Dinmore.


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