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French tourist charged with murder in Australia

AFP, Sydney

A young Frenchman traveling around Australia has been charged with murder over the stabbing death of another man on Christmas Day, police said yesterday.

Officers had initially charged 22-year-old Thomas Camus with causing grievous bodily harm following an incident that took place near a nightclub in the remote Western Australian tourist town of Broome.

“The charge has been upgraded to murder,” a spokesman for Western Australia police said yesterday.

The charge relates to the death of Kristopher Dixon, 32, at about 2am on Christmas morning after allegedly being involved in several altercations.

When charging Camus with grievous bodily harm on Dec. 27, police had warned that they might upgrade the charge pending the result of the post-mortem examination.

“Police will allege that the victim was involved in numerous altercations with different people before the alleged offender confronted him, stabbing him to the chest,” the police said in a statement at the time.

The Frenchman was yesterday remanded in custody until Jan. 18, a courthouse official said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported that Camus appeared in Broome Magistrates Court via video link and did not react when told the charge against him had been upgraded to murder.

Police are still calling for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

“We have spoken to lots of people that were there on the night, but if anyone has information and they haven’t been spoken to, we certainly urge them to contact us,” acting Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Wilson told the ABC.

Wilson said the timing of the death was distressing.

“Any time someone dies in a violent offense or violent incident, it’s very serious,” he said. “It’s always tragic for someone to lose a loved one, but especially on Christmas morning, it’s tragic for this family.”

Police have already charged three other men — aged 25, 29 and 32 — with assaulting the victim shortly before his murder, but the trio are not accused of being responsible for his death.

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