Queensland teenager dies of stab wounds

Laine Clark |

A teenager has died and another has been taken to hospital in Queensland’s far north after suffering stab wounds following a disturbance at a New Year’s Eve birthday party.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the death of the 17-year-old boy in Cairns on Saturday and treating it as suspicious.

Police said officers arrived at Lychee Close before 1am on Saturday after triple zero calls about a street disturbance “involving a number of people”.

They said the 17-year-old Mooroobool boy died at Cairns Hospital after being taken there in a private vehicle prior to the police’s arrival at Lychee Close.

A second 17-year-old – also from Mooroobool – arrived at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said both boys had sustained stab wounds, with preliminary investigations indicating they had attended a birthday party prior to the street disturbance.

Police are appealing for information.

Three males – aged 17, 18 and 28 – have been arrested for obstructing police as part of investigations into the disturbance.

The 18-year-old and the 28-year-old, both from Manoora, are due to appear in a Cairns court on January 18. 

The 18-year-old was also charged with serious assault of a police officer and the 28-year-old was also charged with contravening a direction.