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Police name man on murder charge

Police investigators near the death site at the corner of Potter and Ballantine streets, Clinton.
Police investigators near the death site at the corner of Potter and Ballantine streets, Clinton. Kerry Thomas

2.27pm: POLICE charged a New Auckland man with murder on Monday, following the death of a woman at a motel in Clinton at the weekend.

James William Glenn, 18, is accused of stabbing Shuxia Yuan, 52, to death at the Gladstone Village Motor Inn on Sunday evening.

She was last seen alive about 5.58pm that day.

Glenn fronted Gladstone Magistrates Court  today.

He will next appear in court on March 7, 2011.
 

Update 9.39am: An 18-year old New Auckland man was charged with murder last night after the death of a 52-year-old woman.

The man is due to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court today.

The woman was stabbed to death at the Gladstone Village Motor Inn in Clinton on Sunday evening.

She was last seen alive about 5.58pm that day.

Detectives from Gladstone District CIB and the State Crime Operations Command Homicide Investigation Unit have begun investigations into the death of the 52-year-old, who cannot be named as her next of kin have not been notified. The woman’s body was found outside the motel room.

Acting Inspector Calvin Lynch, the acting regional crime co-ordinator, could not say what implement was used in the stabbing and whether it had been found.

“She had been (staying) there for … a number of days,” he said.

“There are a number of people staying at the motel.

“Witnesses spoken to in the initial stages have indicated there was some sort of verbal argument in the vicinity of that unit.

“Investigators at the scene have identified that a male was seen to leave the vicinity of the motel shortly after the altercation.”

Police have started doorknocking the residential and commercial areas near the crime scene. They are searching for a Caucasian man, aged between 20 to 30 years old and about 176cm to 178cm tall. People with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000


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