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‘Far from the truth’: Widow hunts for answers

The widow of a man, stabbed to death in an alleged home invasion, is still searching for answers more than two years after her husband was killed.Corey Christensen, 37, and Tom Davy, 27, were stabbed to death after they entered the Queensland home of teenager Dean Webber on September 30, 2018.Mr Webber, then 19, had…

The widow of a man, stabbed to death in an alleged home invasion, is still searching for answers more than two years after her husband was killed.

Corey Christensen, 37, and Tom Davy, 27, were stabbed to death after they entered the Queensland home of teenager Dean Webber on September 30, 2018.

Mr Webber, then 19, had been sleeping in his Alva Beach home, just south of Townsville, when an injured and distressed Candice Locke begged him to let her in.

Ms Locke told the teenager she had been pushed from a buggie on the beach, injuring her shoulder, however the group of men she was with failed to take it seriously.

Ms Locke and Mr Webber were crouching inside when three men are accused of ripping the door off its hinges and storming inside.

Mr Webber was grabbed and violently scuffled with the men before he started stabbing blindly in the dark, killing Mr Christensen and Mr Davy.

Police later ruled both deaths had happened in self-defence.

However this week, the Alva Beach tragedy is the subject of a coronial inquest.

And for Jaye Christensen, the widow of Corey and mum of their three young boys, the inquest is hopefully an opportunity to get answers.

Speaking to A Current Affairlast night, Ms Christensen said stories about her husband had been “far from the truth”.

“I think it’s important that people need to know how Corey is being portrayed is so far from the truth,” she said.

“What was put into the media, the stories that were unravelling and what we were being told just totally went against what we knew about Corey, who Corey was.”

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Ms Christensen said her husband was not the sort of person that would break into someone’s home.

“Unbelievable is the word I use quite often because it’s not something that happens where I live, to people like us,” she said.

“He was a fun loving, average guy who just loved life. He was a great husband, he was a great father.”

The coronial inquest will also investigate if anyone should be charged over the double fatality.

“As far as we knew the full story hadn’t come about, like nobody knew what had happened… but yet somehow decisions had been made and we had to deal with that,” Ms Christensen said.

“For me, for my family, for Corey’s family. We just want the truth. We want the clarity around what they originally said, because we don’t really think it matches Corey’s personality, it doesn’t match his behaviour.”

Queensland Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley ruled earlier this week Mr Webber would not have to take the stand at the inquest after his barrister applied for him to be medically exempt.

Mr Webber’s doctor Michael Likely said the now 21-year-old suffered from severe PTSD.

Mr Webber will still have to provide written responses to any questions within 72 hours.

The inquest earlier this week heard the triple-0 calls made by Mr Webber as he frantically tried to get police and ambulance to the sleepy Queensland town.

In one call to triple-0 after the stabbings, Mr Webber said he needed police “right now”.

“I’ve just stabbed a bloke that broke into my house,” he told the operator.

“He broke into my house. There’s blood everywhere. I think I’ve killed him. I’m scared.”

The teenager sobbed as he was asked to calm down.

“The other two are gonna kill me. I don’t want to die,” Mr Webber said, adding that they are “outside … on the ground”.

Advised to lock himself in a room somewhere, he said: “I tried but they ripped the door off.”

He asked: “Am I gonna go to jail for this?”

“Look, I can’t say but what we need to do is actually get this sorted, OK?” the operator replied.

“There’s blood everywhere. Oh my God,” Mr Webber said.

”He can’t move. I think I stabbed him in the heart.

“I just, he, he grabbed me arm and in me left, I had it in my left arm, I tried anything I could to protect myself because I was, he was gonna kill me.

“I don’t know how I’m still alive to be honest.”

Issues to be considered at the inquest include the adequacy of the emergency response provided by the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Police Service, and whether it was consistent with authorised policies, practices and procedures.

The coroner will also consider the decision not to charge or prosecute any person in relation to the deaths and whether earlier emergency intervention may have prevented their deaths.

With Sarah McPhee

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