UPDATED: An 18-year-old male is in custody and has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old male in Mutijulu, NT Police said.
Police announced the charge Monday afternoon.
NT Police announced on Saturday afternoon that they were investigating a “suspicious” death in the remote Central Australia community, but did not disclose at the time that the investigation related to reports that a male was stabbed in the community and the alleged offender was still on the run.
By Sunday afternoon, police provided more details, confirming that two men “were engaged in a physical altercation when the 18-year-old man assaulted the victim with an edged weapon”.
Police said yesterday that the victim died at the scene, contradicting their earlier statement that he had died after being taken to the local clinic.
The original statement made no mention of the alleged perpetrator evading police, or that police were even searching for anyone in connection to the death.
The NT Independent first reported on Saturday that the man was stabbed and that members of the NT Police’s Tactical Response Group were deployed to the community to locate the offender.
“The 18-year-old man, who handed himself in to local authorities, has been charged with one count of murder and has been remanded to appear before Alice Springs Local Court today,” police media manager Rob Cross said in a statement yesterday.