A knife-wielding gang allegedly ‘hunted down’ a young father and stabbed him to death in front of horrified witnesses, police claim.
Raymond Harris, 27, died during a vicious brawl with a number of men that were known to him on Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise at 9pm on Wednesday.
Police arrested a third man, a 24-year-old from Surfers Paradise on Thursday and charged him with one count of murder and three counts of assault.
Raymond Harris (pictured), 27, was stabbed to death during a vicious brawl with a number of men that were known to him on Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise at 9pm on Wednesday
Jarod James Miller (left), 21, and Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia (right), 18, have been charged with one count of murder and three counts of common assault over the alleged stabbing on Wednesday night
Police arrested a third person, a 24-year-old man from Surfers Paradise on Thursday and charged him with one count of murder and three counts of assault (pictured: scene were stabbing allegedly occurred)
Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia, 18, and Jarod James Miller, 21, were arrested on Wednesday night and face the same charges.
A 19-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were also arrested and charged with with accessory after the fact to murder, Nine News reported.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police will allege the group armed with Rambo knives ‘hunted down’ Mr Harris and his friends.
The gang entered the Surfers Beer Garden where they also allegedly harassed the victim’s friends.
‘They’ve clearly gone into Cavill Ave to (allegedly) hunt down the victim and his friends and have a confrontation,’ Detective Smith said, Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
‘It just shows their (alleged) mindset that they’ve just basically stabbed and killed someone in the street and they’ve kept on … going into a licensed premises to attack other people.’
Detective Smith said there is CCTV of the lead up to the alleged murder, showing at least two members armed with knives.
The vicious brawl allegedly occurred in front of horrified witnesses and saw one man dead
Mr Harris was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital but later died (Pictured: paramedics at the scene)
Webb-Italia was represented by TWC Lawyer’s Rodney Keyte in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.
His face-tattooed friend Miller also appeared in court and made a Legal Aid application to get representation from a lawyer.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Keyte said his client Webb-Italia and his family were ‘in a world of shock’.
‘He’s obviously in shock as is his family. This is something, I’m instructed, that’s never happened before.’ he said.
‘Jye has obviously taken everything by shock. He’s cut off from his family. It’s hit him very hard.’
Mr Keyte said the police allegations against Webb-Italia are ‘very murky’.
‘What the police are alleging seems to be very murky,’ he said.
‘They’re going off CCTV footage and the action what they’re describing is a slashing motion.’
The lawyer confirmed a knife had been found near the scene but said there was no proof that it was the murder weapon.
‘A knife has been found within the vicinity of the deceased, it hasn’t been confirmed that it was the murder weapon or even involved in the incident at all,’ Mr Keyte said.
Mr Harris (left) was a father of a young girl. The young father was stabbed and rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital but died a short time later
Police guard the crime scene after a 27-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death in Surfers Paradise at 9pm on Wednesday
Webb-Italia appeared in court on Thursday morning and his case was adjourned until October 15.
The 18-year-old’s co-accused Miller also appeared in court and will face court via videolink on October 15, unless he gets legal representation before then.
Miller is a father of a young daughter and has facial tattoos on each side of his face.
The tattoo on his right cheek says ‘Stay true. BR. Laugh with many. Trust none’, while the left cheek reads ‘Damaged. No regrets’.
He also has a number of tattoos on his arms and legs, including a number of skulls on his left leg and an anarchy symbol on his left knee.
The victim, Mr Harris, was allegedly involved in an altercation with a number of men that were known to him on Cavill Avenue near Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise at 9pm on Wednesday.
He suffered a stab wound to the torso and rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital but died a short time later.
Pictures from the crime scene show blood stains, litter and clothes on the ground, which may have been where the injured man was treated
The mother of Raymond’s young daughter posted a tribute on Thursday morning.
‘I’ll never be able to handle the fact that my little girl will never get to see her daddy again,’ she wrote.
‘I’m so thankful that Hannie has you in her life and I’ll forever be grateful of the happiness you brung to our daughter and that you loved her endlessly.
‘Rest In Peace Raymond, you’ll be missed.’
Footage captured on Wednesday night showed the chaos as police cars surrounded the area.
A Polair Helicopter flew around the vicinity and there were reports officers stopped and searched cars in the area.
Pictures from the crime scene show blood stains, litter and clothes on the ground.
It’s understood children witnessed the alleged assault and stabbing.
‘It was rather traumatic seeing it unfold… There was a family with two children under five with their mum and dad,’ one man wrote.
Another bystander came across the scene after finishing work.
‘When I walked over at the end of my shift he was lying on the floor bleeding out, blood everywhere – the poor guy looked lifeless,’ they wrote.
Police cars are seen near Orchard Avenue and Cavill Avenue after a man was fatally stabbed on Wednesday night