Thursday, May 23, 2024

Townsville stabbing widow wants answers

The grieving widow of a man stabbed to death during an alleged home invasion says she needs answers about the night her husband died.

37-year-old father-of-three Corey Christensen and friend, Tom Davy, 27, died after being stabbed by 19-year-old Dean Webber at the then teenager’s home in Townsville’s Alva Beach two years ago.

Mr Webber told Police that the pair had broken into his home as he sheltered the injured girlfriend of Mr Davy, Candace Locke.

Mr Christensen’s wife, Jaye, has told A Current Affair about her devastation since her husband’s stabbing death.

Slain father-of-three, Corey Christensen.

“I think it’s important that people need to know how Corey is being portrayed is so far from the truth,” she said.

“What was put into the media, the stories that were unravelling and what we were being told just totally went against what we knew about Corey, who Corey was.”

Police allege Mr Christensen and Mr Davy broke into Mr Webber’s home and attacked him while searching for Ms Locke.

She said this version of events was totally 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 deaths is currently underway. Mr Webber has not been charged over the deaths.

“As far as we knew, the full story hadn’t come out. Like, nobody knew what had happened, but yet somehow decisions had been made and we had to deal with that,” Mrs Christensen said.

Queensland Police have ruled the deaths as an act of self-defence on Mr Webber’s part. Mr Webber is now believed to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) as a result of the incident. He will not be cross-examined as part of the coronial inquiry.

Dean Webber, who now suffers from PTSD as a result of the incident.

Mrs Christensen said she just wants answers about how and why her husband died two years ago.

“For me, for my family, for Corey’s family – we just want the truth,” she said.

“We want the clarity – is it what they originally said, because we don’t really think it matches Corey’s personality. It doesn’t match his behaviour.”

On Tuesday, Mr Webber’s barrister applied for his client to be medically dismissed from giving evidence. He will instead provide a written response to questions directed to him.

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