A Vanuatuan national working as a seasonal farm worker in North Queensland has been charged with the murder of a 66-year-old man in an alleged act that locals have described as horrific.
John Yalu, 36 has been accused of murdering the man by cutting off his leg with a circular saw. He remains in custody on remand after his matter was mentioned at the Innisfail Magistrates Court on Monday.
He was arrested and charged with murder after the man died and was discovered by passers-by at Innisfail’s Fitzgerald Park early on Saturday morning.
Police believe he succumbed to his wounds after his leg was amputated using his own circular saw.
It’s alleged the men drove together to the park early Saturday morning and sat under a tree, before Mr Yalu cut off the older man’s leg below the knee using what is believed to be a battery-powered saw, helped him return to the car and then departed on foot.
Detective Acting Inspector Gary Hunter from Queensland Police said he’d never experienced a situation like this in his 34 years as a police officer.
It is believed Mr Yalu was working on a local banana farm and staying at a local non-resident accommodation facility, where those who lived with him expressed their shock.
Neighbouring residents who knew Mr Yalu said he was a fellow Vanuatu national who arrived in Australia on the same plane as them and quarantined with them mid last year.
Police will allege the deceased man paid Mr Yalu to amputate his leg.
Mr Yalu did not appear in court however was represented by a duty solicitor. No application for bail was made.