Matthew James Carnie leaves custody

Second man charged over backpacker bashing

UPDATE 1.55PM: Police have charged a second man in relation to the assault of a German backpacker at Boreen Point.

It will be alleged a 23-year-old man was assaulted by a group of men at a camping ground on Lake Flat Road about 8.30pm on Friday last week.

A 44-year-old Doonan man has been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on March 8.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: A man who pleaded guilty to bashing a backpacker said he was looking forward to seeing his kids after walking free from the Maroochydore watch house this morning.

Matthew James Carnie was greeted by a man and a woman in front of the court house before being driven away.

He had earlier appeared in custody in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Matthew James Carnie, 37, leaves Maroochydore police station watch house after being granted bail on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company.
Matthew James Carnie, 37, leaves Maroochydore police station watch house after being granted bail on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company. Stuart Cumming

It related to the bashing of a 23-year-old German tourist at a campground on Lake Flat Rd at Boreen Point on Friday night.

His solicitor Robert Butler continued attempts he started yesterday to have the matter proceed to sentence, but the prosecution submitted it was not yet ready.

More material, including a victim impact statement, needed to be obtained.

The court yesterday heard Carnie had links to outlaw motor cycle gang, having previously been a nominee for the Rebels motor cycle club.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said he would not proceed to sentence, so Mr Butler instead applied for bail.

Mr Butler said Carnie had owned a campground business at Boreen Point for 10 years, had two children and a partner.

He said his client had also acknowledged his wrongdoing and had assisted police to a degree in relation to other people present at the incident.

Mr Stjernqvist accepted Carnie's plea of guilty to the charge and adjourned his matters until February 24.

Outside of court Carnie said little other than he was pleased to have been given bail so he could go and see his kids.



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