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Neighbour hears thuds, screams before murder discovery

Louise Dekens and David Young were killed by David's brother Anthony Young.
Louise Dekens and David Young were killed by David's brother Anthony Young.

MURDER victim Louise Dekens had spoken at length with her Coolum neighbour Russell Evans of concerns about the behaviour of her partner's brother Anthony William Young the day before she was stabbed to death.

Mr Evans told a Coroner's inquest at Maroochydore yesterday that he had known Anthony and David Young for about 10 years and was particularly close with David and Ms Dekens.

Anthony had moved in with the couple after a relationship breakdown.

Mr Evans said Anthony had a chequered relationship with Ms Dekens and the pair had fought in the months leading up to her and her partner's murder.

He said Ms Dekens would tell him of Anthony speaking "gibberish" and she would stay at his house until her partner came home from work.

The day before the murder she had come over for a cup of coffee after an argument with Anthony about using the clothes dryer.

Russell Evans leaves Maroochydore Courthouse after appearing in a Coroner's inquest into the death of his former neighbour Anthony William Young.
Russell Evans leaves Maroochydore Courthouse after appearing in a Coroner's inquest into the death of his former neighbour Anthony William Young. Stuart Cumming

She stayed at Mr Evans' home and resolved to tell David when he got home that Anthony had to move out.

"Something just didn't seem right," Mr Evans said.

It was about 6pm the next day when Mr Evans heard an argument about the clothes dryer.

The argument lasted about 10 minutes but did not continue.

Mr Evans said he was watching television about 9.30pm when he heard two very loud thuds.

He went out to see what had happened and after noticing silence told his partner to ring 000.

When he returned outside he heard Ms Dekens scream before silence fell.

Mr Evans was able to convince a young girl inside to come to his house before Anthony came outside.

"He was just swaying at the gate - a real Neanderthal sway. I saw something in his right hand."

He said Anthony called on neighbours to fight him until police arrived and ultimately shot him dead.

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