Grievous bodily harm charges, Gulf of Carpentaria

Police have charged a 27-year-old Parramatta Park man with grievous bodily harm following an alleged stabbing on board a prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria overnight.

Around 9pm on Saturday April 2, the trawler’s captain contacted police following a verbal disagreement which escalated to a physical altercation between two crew members, with a 27-year-old Western Australian man sustaining a significant laceration to the arm.

The man was then detained by other crew members, with police from Karumba and detectives from Normanton responding alongside a QAS paramedic aboard a Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel to the trawler.

Upon boarding the trawler, the man was arrested and placed under police guard before being ferried back to the Karumba boat ramp along with the injured man who was being treated by the attending paramedic, with the journey totalling a near six-hour round trip.

Normanton detectives charged the man with one count of grievous bodily harm and he was remanded in custody ahead of appearing in Normanton Magistrates Court tomorrow, Monday April 4.

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