New details have emerged about the man police accuse of murdering a respected farming family in north Queensland.
Darryl Young, 59, has been accused of murdering Mervyn Schwarz, 71, his wife Maree, 59, and her son Graham Tighe, 35, at the gate of his Bogie property, which bordered Schwarz’s farm.
Sir. Tighe’s brother, Ross, was shot in the stomach but miraculously survived after driving more than 40km to a neighboring farm to raise the alarm.
He was flown to Mackay hospital and underwent emergency surgery on Thursday night.
Police said there was a long-running boundary dispute between Young and the Schwarzs, who bought the sprawling 30,000ha farm for $10 million last year.
Police said Young, the Schwarzes and the Tighes agreed to meet at the fence of Young’s property in a phone conversation Wednesday night.
Police will allege Young shot the four victims “execution style” with a rifle.
Young is due to appear in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.
On Friday, he was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after five people were initially taken into custody.
Young is a long-time Bogie resident who reportedly lives with his daughter, believed to be in her 20s, outside Bowen.
He is said to be well known in the farming community, owning property as far south as Gladstone.