Man charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s father to death at Christmas lunch 

Warren Toby, 53, was allegedly stabbed to death on Christmas Day

Warren Toby, 53, was allegedly stabbed to death on Christmas Day

A man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s father to death in front of his family on Christmas Eve.

Garth Michael Reid is accused of killing Warren Toby, 53, just before midnight on Friday in the front garden of a home in North Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane.

The 33-year-old allegedly used a ‘sharp implement’ to stab the man multiple times as horrified family members watched on. 

Police said the group were drinking before an argument broke out and spilled onto the street.

Paramedics desperately tried to resuscitate Mr Toby but he could not be revived. 

Reid, who was in a relationship with the alleged victim’s 30-year-old daughter, was arrested at 5pm the following day at his home in Woodgate. 

Police were called to Hall Street in North Ipswich (pictured), south-west of Brisbane, just before midnight on Friday following a domestic dispute

Police were called to Hall Street in North Ipswich (pictured), south-west of Brisbane, just before midnight on Friday following a domestic dispute

He was charged with murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wilful damage. 

Reid did not apply for bail and will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 3.

Local residents recounted what allegedly happened at the bloody scene just before midnight. 

‘I heard a lot of fighting and screaming, and about an hour later my daughter came in saying someone had been stabbed,’ Shane Muhling told 7 News.

Reid was charged with murder and will appear in court on February. Pictured: A forensic investigator at the scene

Reid was charged with murder and will appear in court on February. Pictured: A forensic investigator at the scene

A crime scene was established in the early hours of Boxing Day, with scenes of crime and scientific officers attending the home (pictured)

A crime scene was established in the early hours of Boxing Day, with scenes of crime and scientific officers attending the home (pictured)

‘There was a lot of loud banging, so I’m guessing there was a bit of a punch up as well,’ Chloe Muhling added.

‘I could hear the son yelling out ‘my dad’s dying in my arms,’ Mr Muhling added.  

Detective Inspector Mr McQueen said: ‘As the evening has gone on, there has been a disturbance at the dwelling and as a result… it’s moved out to the front yard and at some point, two males have become involved in an altercation in the front yard.’ 

‘Homicides are tragic at anytime, but at Christmas time the emotion around Christmas and the event people were there to celebrate and the Christmas period, has unfolded in a tragic way.’

A 53-year-old man was found dead in the front garden of the home. Pictured: A police officer on the scene

A 53-year-old man was found dead in the front garden of the home. Pictured: A police officer on the scene

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