Distraught relatives of a man who was stabbed to death by a terrified teenager after a scared woman took refuge in his home say their family has been ‘torn apart’.
Dean Webber, then 19, stabbed Tom Davy, 27, and friend Corey Christensen, 37, after they tried to come into his house in Alva Beach, north Queensland, on October 1, 2018.
Both men died at the scene, and Mr Webber received no charges after it was deemed he was acting in self-defence.
Mr Davy’s girlfriend, Candace Locke, had arrived at Mr Webber’s door asking to be let in after dislocating her shoulder.
The two men are then believed to have come banging on the door of Mr Webber’s house looking for Ms Locke around 12.30am before being fatally stabbed in a frenzied attack moments later.
Thomas Davy (pictured) was stabbed to death in in Alva Beach, north Queensland, on October 1, 2018
Mr Webber stabbed Corey Christensen, 37, (right) and Ms Locke’s boyfriend Tom Davy, 27, (left) after the pair tried to come into his home
A five-day inquest into the deaths was conducted this week but Mr Webber was unable to take the stand due to his PTSD – which proved a devastating blow to the Davy family.
Mr Davy’s mother, Heather, told the Townsville Bulletin, her son was the ‘most beautiful person’ and a ‘gentle giant’.
The aircraft engineer loved being in the water and had only just moved to Queensland before he was killed.
The family had known about Ms Locke as the pair had dated for four months before but had never met her.
She has since remained distant from the family.
Katie Davy, Thomas’ sister, has been suffering nightmares ever since his death and said she’d lost her ‘other half’.
Dean Webber (pictured) made three harrowing Triple-Zero calls on the night he stabbed two men who broke into his home
Tom Davy (pictured, left, with his family) had recently moved to Queensland before he was killed on the fatal night
‘People say that we are so strong, or we are brave … but, like, we don’t have an option. This was never our choice,’ she said.
‘I just said “No, no, not my Tom”.’
Mr Davy’s father, Neil, only found out about his death from police when they visited him at his work 12 hours later.
The news had circulated so quickly that Ms Davy’s best friend found out from social media before she did.
The family were hoping their questions about how it took so long to hear about his death and why Mr Webber was never charged would be answered during the inquiry.
Outside court after the inquiry came to an end, Ms Davy said the family were still suffering.
‘Our family’s been torn apart and will never be the same again … our family’s completely devastated,’ she said.
Footage of Mr Webber being interviewed by police at the scene was played to the inquest on Wednesday.
Mr Webber was seen crying as he relayed his actions to Ayr CIB Detective Sergeant Gavin Neal.
He said three men entered the property.
Candace Locke (pictured) took refuge at Mr Webber’s house on September 30, 2018. The group of men then allegedly broke in to Mr Webber’s home
‘When the first male individual got the door and lifted it up over the latch I remember [someone saying] “I’ve got you f***ing now” and just pummeled me,’ Mr Webber alleged in the video shown at inquest.
‘I’ve never been so scared in my life.’
Mr Webber made three distressing calls to emergency services throughout the night, two before the fatal fight and one afterwards, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
‘I need police right now, I’ve just stabbed a bloke who broke into my house,’ Mr Webber told the operator at the beginning of the final call.
‘They broke into my house. There’s blood everywhere. I think I killed him. I was scared for my life. The other two are going to kill me.’
Ms Locke could be heard sobbing in the background of the phone call, telling the operator she was pushed from a buggy and ran to the home for help.
A jarring police photo has captured the moment Dean Webber re-enacted how at the age of 19 he fatally stabbed two intruders who allegedly stormed into his house in Alva Beach, northern Queensland in 2018
Mr Webber then placed a call to Queensland Police explaining the men were trying to break into his home and that he was housing a distressed woman he didn’t know.
‘You’re not allowed to be here… you need to leave now… I need police right now…’ Mr Webber could be heard saying.
At 12.57am, Mr Webber made his chilling final emergency call.
‘I’ve just killed a bloke most likely. I think I stabbed him in the heart. There is a bloke dying. I can see him out on the street. He’s not moving.
‘I don’t know how I’m still alive to be honest,’ he told the operator.
Mr Webber said he ‘did everything he could’ to protect himself and said he was still holding the knife that he’d used to ‘keep it as evidence’.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS IN THE ALVA BEACH STABBINGS
June 2018: Candice Locke, 29 and Tom Davy, 27, meet via a dating app. Ms Locke was living in Ayr, about 90 minutes south of Townsville, and he in Cairns.
September 30, 2018: They met up with each other in Alva Beach, north of Queensland, for the NRL Grand Final long weekend.
The pair went for a fishing trip on a beach where they met local father-of-three Corey Christensen, 37.
Later in the evening Ms Locke hurt her shoulder and sought refuge from the group of men she was with in 19-year-old Dean Webber’s Topton Street home.
Mr Davy, Mr Christensen and a third man arrived at the home and allegedly tried to break in.
The men allegedly ripped through Mr Webber’s screen door and stormed inside his home.
Mr Webber ‘blindly thrust a kitchen knife in the dark’ to defend himself, hitting one man in the chest and the other through the armpit.
Mr Webber was arrested when police arrived too late to save either man but was released without charge as detectives decided he acted in self-defence.
October 13, 2020: The inquest into the two men’s deaths begins.
The court heard after several hours of drinking, Ms Locke, Mr Davey, Mr Christensen and a group of his friends were joyriding quad bikes on the beach.
Ms Locke fell off one of the bikes, dislocated her shoulder and went to seek help because she said no one took her injury seriously.
She ran off and knocked on Mr Webber’s door pleading for assistance at 11.30pm
Ms Locke said the group of men tried to break into the home around 12.30am, while they yelled at Ms Locke and Mr Webber not to call the cops.
Mr Webber called police but was told there was only one officer at the Ayr station, about 20 minutes away and couldn’t come immediately due to people in custody.
Instead, Mr Webber turned off all the lights and shut the curtains.
Ten minutes later, the men allegedly ripped Mr Webber’s screen door and stormed inside his home.
In the ensuring melee Mr Davy and Mr Christensen were stabbed and stumbled outside before bleeding to death in the gutter.
Mr Webber’s lawyer, Harvey Walters, also submitted an application stating he had been diagnosed with ‘moderate to severe’ post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the coronal investigation.
October 14, 2020: Inquest continues and harrowing audio of Mr Webber’s three desperate Triple-Zero calls is released.
Mr Webber first placed a call to Queensland Ambulance Service at 12.24am and Ms Locke could be heard sobbing in the background, telling the operator she was pushed from a buggy and ran to the home for help.
Distress was evident in Mr Webber’s voice as he revealed the men had arrived on his property and were trying to break in.
Mr Webb then placed a call to Queensland Police explaining the men were trying to break into his home and that he was housing a distressed woman he didn’t know.
At 12.57am, Mr Webber made his chilling final emergency call saying he had ‘just killed a bloke’ and there was ‘blood everywhere’.
The court also heard about a walk-through Detective Sergeant Gavin Neal did of the Topton St home with both Mr Webber and Mr Bengoa, one of the men from the group, after the stabbings.
Mr Webber told the detective he was ‘fearful for his life’.
October 15, 2020:
Dean Webber’s doctor, Michael Likely, said Mr Webber had formed PTSD because of the coronial investigation.
Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley ruled Mr Webber would not have to take the stand and instead give evidence in writing.
Mr Webber must provide a written response to questions given to him by the parties within 72 hours.
Emotional pictured and videos were released of Mr Webber doing a walk-through of the crime scene with Ayr CIB Detective Sergeant Gavin Neal.