A farm owner accused of shooting dead three of his neighbours and injuring a fourth over a long-standing dispute about a fence has been pictured – as new details emerge he was not even living at the property at the centre of the row.
Darryl Young, 59, allegedly shot dead Graham Tighe, 35, his mother Maree Schwarz and step-father Mervyn Schwarz, 71, at the boundary line of their property in Bogie, in the Whitsundays region of North Queensland, at 9am on Thursday.
Mr Tighe’s younger brother, Ross, was also allegedly shot in the stomach, but managed to escape to a ute and drive 40km to get help – while soaked in blood – before he was airlifted to Mackay Hospital.
Police took Young into custody and charged him with three counts of murder and one of attempted murder on Friday evening.
He has been ordered to front Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.
Photographs have since emerged of the farm owner with one of them showing him sitting with his family and smiling at the camera.