Further Weapons Offence Charges in Morningside

Queensland Police has arrested two more individuals in connection with an ongoing investigation into a firearm discharge incident in a Morningside car park in July this year.

On July 20, at around 4:30 pm, police responded swiftly to a report from concerned citizens regarding an armed man in a car park at the intersection of Redfern Street and Wynnum Road. The area was secured, and a man was apprehended by 5:12 pm. A subsequent search of his utility vehicle unveiled a disturbing find: a substantial machete, a handgun, and illicit drugs including cocaine, GBL, and methylamphetamine.

The 27-year-old Carindale resident faced an array of charges, including dangerous conduct with a weapon, possession of a knife in a public place, possession of dangerous goods, unlawful possession of weapons, stealing, possessing relevant substances, as well as multiple counts of receiving tainted property and possessing a dangerous drug.

His first court appearance took place in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 21, marking the beginning of legal proceedings.

As the investigation progressed, more individuals potentially linked to the incident were identified. On July 23, a 24-year-old woman from Hawthorne was arrested and charged with dangerous conduct with a weapon and possession of dangerous goods. Her case was presented before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 24, adding depth to the ongoing inquiry.

Subsequently, on July 29, detectives apprehended a 29-year-old Redland Bay man, who faced a series of charges. These included dangerous conduct with a weapon, possession of dangerous goods, possession of explosives, fraud, and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while in company. His appearance before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 31 marked another pivotal moment in the case’s progression.

Thankfully, there were no reported physical injuries resulting from the incident. Queensland police are urging individuals with relevant information to come forward. Residents can provide tips and information to Policelink via the online suspicious activity form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting, accessible around the clock.

Those wishing to provide information anonymously can do so through Crime Stoppers. The toll-free number 1800 333 000 and the online reporting platform www.crimestoppersqld.com.au are available for reporting crime information while maintaining personal privacy.

The ongoing case continues to unveil more details, emphasising the interconnected nature of these events. It underscores the determined efforts of law enforcement to ensure community safety. As additional information emerges, the public remains vigilant, informed, and engaged in the pursuit of justice.

Published 11-August-2023

Morningside On Alert: Shooting Incidents Spark Safety Fears in Once-Peaceful Suburb

Public safety concerns have been raised in Morningside, once considered one of the safest suburbs in Brisbane, following two shooting incidents that occurred within a span of a week last month.

Read: Morningside Shooting Possible Case of Mistaken Identity, Leaves Residents Unhurt but Shaken

The first incident took place on 20 July, when police were called to a KFC restaurant on Redfern and Wynnum Road after reports of a man wielding a firearm. A search of the suspect’s vehicle uncovered a machete, handgun, rifle and illegal drugs. Police allege the man fired a shot before fleeing the scene.

Just three days later, on 23 July, multiple shots were fired into a home on Greendale Street around 9:40 p.m. Five impact points were found on the front of the house. Seven residents were home but no injuries were reported.

Police have not alleged any connection between the two shootings, which remain under investigation. Officers are still seeking information from the public regarding the Greendale St incident.

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Police urge anyone with information related to the recent shootings to contact Policelink. Information can be provided 24/7 using the online suspicious activity form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or by calling 131 444.

Those who wish to report crime information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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Prior to the recent shooting incidents, Morningside was actually considered one of Brisbane’s safest suburbs. It is part of the 4170 postcode, which also includes Cannon Hill, Norman Park and Seven Hills. From 2016 to 2019, not a single home insurance claim was lodged in 4170 for theft, vandalism or malicious damage, according to RACQ.

Shooting Incidents
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According to Queensland’s online crime map, Morningside saw 62 total offences between 3 July 2023 and 2 August 2023. Among these were four weapons charges, three counts of property damage, two disorderly conduct charges and 18 thefts.

For now, Morningside finds itself grappling with a new unease. Only time will tell whether the once quiet suburb can regain its standing as one of Brisbane’s most secure places to live.

Published 3-August-2023