Murder most foul



THE vicious murder of former Grafton man Bradley Ian Evans has 'knocked the stuffing' out of his mates in the Baffle Creek area near Bundaberg, with the rural firefighter known as a gentle man.

The 28-year-old man died after a fight with two men at Flat Rock Camping Reserve, near Bundaberg, early on Sunday morning.

Allan Fraser of the Wartburg Rural Fire Brigade said Mr Evans death had shocked them.

"It's knocked the stuffing right out of us," Mr Fraser said.

"He was a newcomer to the brigade. He'd been with us close to 18 months and he was very active in fighting that fire on Coast Road recently."

Peter James Kempson, 43, appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday charged with Mr Evans murder and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

Kempson made no application for bail and did not enter a plea to the charges.

He was remanded in custody to reappear on February 6.

Police have alleged Mr Evans was stabbed in the chest with a sharp and heavy object during an argument with a group of men.

The weapon could have been a garden mattock, or pickaxe.

It is believed a previous argument between Kempson, two teenagers and another man led to Mr Evans' involvement.

After being wounded, Mr Evans' girlfriend and a teenager drove him to the Camelot Camel Park Family Holiday Park on Lindy Drive.

The owners tried to save Mr Evans by administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but their efforts were in vain.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics from Agnes Water were called to the camspite about 2.18am and pronounced Mr Evans dead.

The 16-year-old boy, who suffered a cut to the back of his head in the incident, was taken to hospital, but he was not admitted.

Bob Mackay, from Baffle Bob, said residents were feeling the effects of the tragedy.

"They're pretty shocked ? he was a nice young fella and they're not enough of them around," he said.

Mr Fraser said Mr Evans was 'quiet' and 'mild-mannered'.

"He was always the first one to put his hand up if the community needed anything.

"He had just finished his firies exam and he'd just bought a block of land.

"I think he and his girlfriend were gonna settle down."



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