Dean Webber (pictured) fatally stabbed Tom Davy, 27, and friend Corey Christensen, 37, after they and another man allegedly broke into the 19-year-old’s home in the early hours of October 1, 2018
The family of a home intruder fatally stabbed by a teenager who was sheltering a young woman have stormed out of court after a judge refused to remove herself from an inquest into their loved one’s death.
Dean Webber, then 19, let Candace Locke, 31, take refuge at his home in Alva Beach in northern Queensland on the night of September 30, 2018.
Three men including her boyfriend Tom Davy, 27, and friend Corey Christensen, 37, allegedly came banging on Mr Webber’s front door about 12.30am the next morning.
The group allegedly ripped through a screen door and grabbed the young diesel fitter by the throat, with Mr Webber fatally stabbing Mr Davy and Mr Christensen in the ensuing melee.
Police ruled the acts were in self-defence, but lawyers for Mr Christensen’s family have claimed the inquest into the two deaths has not let ‘the truth’ of what happened that night be made public.
The family’s legal counsel has argued in court Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley had not focused enough attention on the actual stabbing of the two men.
The lawyers also left the courtroom on Friday, alongside the distraught family.
Mr Christensen’s relatives were also critical of the decision not to make Mr Webber – who has suffered from PTSD in the years since – appear in-person at the inquest.
Mr Christensen, a father-of-three, (pictured) was killed after being stabbed at the home at Alva Beach, south of Townsville on September 30, 2018
Candace Locke, 31, (pictured) took refuge at the 19-year-old’s home. A group of men then came looking for her and allegedly broke in to Mr Webber’s home before the violent scuffle
Mr Christensen pictured with his wife Jaye. Members of the Christensen family walked out of the courtroom on Friday after the coroner presiding over the inquest into their loved one’s death refused to remove herself from the case
Ms Bentley though refused to disqualify herself from proceedings, at which point the family walked out of the courtroom.
‘The manner [with] which this has been conducted leaves the Christensen family with an apprehension,’ the family’s legal counsel James Godbolt said, according to the Townsville Bulletin.
‘Focus of the hearing has been misdirected that they apprehended that the critical matters, and critical points… have been pre-judged.’
Mr Christensen’s wife Jaye Christensen said on Thursday night she remains devastated about the way her husband died.
Jaye Christensen (pictured) said on Thursday night she is still grieving over the death of her husband Corey Christensen after he was killed during an alleged violent home invasion in 2018
She said the whole idea he would break into someone’s property was completely out of character for her husband.
‘Unbelievable is the word I use quite often because it’s not something that happens where I live, to people like us,’ she said.
‘He was a fun-loving average guy who just loved life. He was a great husband, he was a great father.’
A coronial inquest into the men’s deaths is investigating why no one was ever charged over the double fatality.
Mr Webber stabbed Mr Christensen, 37, and Mr Davy, 27, (pictured) after blindly thrusting a kitchen knife in the direction of the intruders
Mrs Chistensen said she isn’t convinced the whole story has been told.
‘For me, for my family for Corey’s family. We want the clarity around is it what they originally said,’ she said.
Mr Webber’s doctor, Michael Likely, on Thursday said he had formed PTSD as a result of the coronial investigation.
Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley ruled Mr Webber would not have to take the stand and instead give evidence in writing.
Both Mr Davy and Mr Christensen’s families were visibly upset after the coroner’s ruling as Mr Webber is considered a crucial witness.
Mr Webber’s barrister, Harvey Walters, applied for Mr Webber to be medically dismissed from giving evidence at the inquest on Tuesday.
Mr Webber was excused from giving evidence in person but must provide a written response to questions given to him by the parties within 72 hours.
Dr Likely said forcing Mr Webber to give evidence about the incident would cause ‘re-traumatisation’ that would be ‘extremely difficult to treat’.
A coronial inquest has been launched into the deaths of Tom Davy, 27, and Corey Christensen, 37. Mr Webber (pictured) was excused from given evidence in person because of his PTSD
‘The entire courtroom would be extremely overwhelming for Mr Webber… extremely detrimental for his health if he’s asked to recount the event of the night once again,’ he explained.
Justin Greggery QC, representing Louis Bengoa who also allegedly went to the Alva Beach home, said Dr Likely ‘assumed’ truth about Mr Webber’s mental health struggles.
Mr Greggery also said Mr Webber was a crucial witness and ‘it would not be in the interest of justice’ if he did not provide evidence.