Man charged with murder after 5-year-old Indigenous boy 'known to him' dies painful death due to torture

The boy was first taken to Yarrabah Hospital, near Cairns, on Friday, and was later airlifted to Townsville hospital with life-threatening injuries

Man charged with murder after 5-year-old Indigenous boy 'known to him' dies painful death due to torture
The man was taken into custody and is set to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 24 (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND: A five-year-old boy from an Indigenous community died of his injuries, and a man was arrested in relation to this alleged murder and has been charged with torturing and murdering the boy from far north Queensland. The boy battled for his life for five days but ultimately died on Monday, August 22, in Townsville hospital despite the constant efforts from the doctors.  

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The boy was initially taken to Yarrabah Hospital, near Cairns, on Friday, and was later airlifted to Townsville hospital with life-threatening injuries. Child Trauma Unit in Brisbane started probing how the boy was injured after being tipped about his transfer to Townsville. They soon arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with murder, grievous bodily harm, and torture, who apparently knew the boy. The man is also facing two counts each of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed and assault occasioning bodily harm. He was taken into custody and is set to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 24, as per The Guardian

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Vulnerable Indigenous community

The Indigenous community seems to be severely vulnerable at this moment as more and more deaths are being reported and this could once again stir up the pot of restlessness in the society. In a similar incident, three young Indigenous women in Queensland died due to their medical conditions and improper care. One victim, Betty, went for medical attention after suffering from a cough, fever, and vomiting. However, she was given paracetamol and sent back. It is alleged that she did not receive proper medical care. She was once again turned away with painkillers and she was dead within a month. As per NIT, The racism in the health system was exposed Queensland Health spokesperson said, "Every change we implement must close the gap and work to reduce inequality, which is why we are introducing our inaugural First Nations Health Equity Strategies."

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