Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Logan man murdered

Queensland police are working to quell tensions between Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities following the bashing murder of the uncle of rugby league star Johnathan Thurston.

Nine males, all believed to be of Pacific Islander descent, have been charged with the murder of 38-year-old Aboriginal man Richard Saunders.

It's alleged the group, aged between 15 and 24, attacked Mr Saunders and two friends at Ewing Park at Woodridge, south of Brisbane, early Saturday.

He was taken to Logan Hospital where he later died.

Mr Saunders' friends, aged 47 and 53, were seriously injured. read more
It's been widely reported that he was the uncle of a well known football player. This saddens me, as this is not what defined this man, and it is not the reason for outrage at his murder.

It doesn't matter what ethnicity the man was, he has been murdered.

People in the area are frightened to walk around at night - are there many areas in Brisbane suburbs where this is the feeling?

Perhaps it's time for the government to look at increased police presence and at recruiting to increase numbers of police? There's a shortage of police where I live, which is a rural area. If there are a few accidents or incidents all the police are busy.

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