Gold Coast stabbing murder accused faces court after major manhunt

An Ipswich man charged with murder following an extensive manhunt on the Gold Coast on Monday has faced court. 

Twenty-three-year-old Haedyn Patrick Zachary Rawson, from Redbank Plains, appeared in Southport Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning, where he did not enter a plea or apply for bail.

a young man drinking a beer at the pub

Will Swinbourne, 21, has been identified as the alleged victim.(Supplied: Instagram)

The alleged victim, 21-year-old Will Swinbourne, was found with life-threatening injuries in the car park of a Hope Island radiology clinic on Santa Barbara Road on Monday afternoon, after allegedly being stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Police said it was a drug deal gone wrong. 

Investigators said the men had met through mutual friends at an electronic music concert at the Spit on Saturday night.

Detective Inspector Mark Mooney said Mr Rawson had been drinking at a tavern on Monday before going down to meet Mr Swinbourne in his car.

“It’s alleged that the victim has attended the offence location in order to supply drugs to the defendant,” Detective Inspector Mooney said.

“We believe he has then been robbed, or attempted to be robbed, and was stabbed in the process.

Police cars in a car park

Police mounted an extensive search of the area.(ABC News: Mark Rigby)

“It’s happened very quickly. My understanding is the victim has only just arrived and then the incident has taken place.

“We believe that the altercation commenced inside the car and … he got out at some point in time because he was found on the ground.”

CCTV footage from before, after incident

While the incident was not captured on security cameras, police said they had obtained a “substantial amount” of footage from the lead-up and the immediate aftermath.

Detective Inspector Mooney said police had “categorically” ruled out any link to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

“We have been in constant contact with a family since the incident took place and needless to say they are devastated by what has occurred,” he said.

“We’ve got two families of young men, both of them whose lives are ruined.”


QPS Detective Inspector Mark Mooney.(ABC Gold Coast: Danielle Mahe)

President of Mudgeeraba Red Backs Rugby League Club Kylie Hammer said Mr Swinbourne had played with the club for about 12 years.

“It’s a bit of a shock to the system, I think everyone’s chilled down to their bones at the moment … we’re all taking it pretty hard,” she said.

She said it was a sad day for everyone who knew him.

“Very loyal kid, loyal to the club, loyal to his mates,” she said.

“It’s very sad … for our community.”

Emergency services were called around 2:20pm on Monday after reports of a serious assault, but the man died at the scene shortly afterwards. 

Police swarmed the affluent suburb, setting up roadblocks and checking cars going in and out of gated community Sanctuary Cove. 


The operation caused traffic gridlock, as police checked cars one by one. 

A second man who was arrested yesterday has been released without charge.

Mr Rawson will return to court later this month.

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