Queenslander Michael John Eaton was as soon as a satisfying and glad man whose throat was as soon as slit from behind in an allegedly unprovoked attack by someone he’d certainly not met.
The 51-year-outdated school was as soon as a light on the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, the place he was as soon as allegedly killed by a 38-year-outdated school man armed with a knife on Wednesday morning.
Detective Acting Inspector Kev Goan says Mr Eaton had been going about his business when the unprovoked attack happened.
“There had been that engagement, that engagement doesn’t appear to dangle been responded to by the sufferer, it simply ranting by the offender,” he informed reporters on Thursday.
“After which, unbeknownst to the sufferer, he’s assaulted from behind.”
Mr Eaton died about 51 minutes after the attack on the ground floor of the centre.
Nicholas George Boak has been charged with execute and regarded in Cairns Magistrates Court docket on Thursday.
The topic was as soon as adjourned unless December 15.
Det Insp Goan said Mr Eaton had been unable to work due a medical condition and had became a day-to-day fixture on the centre.
The 51-year-outdated school was as soon as successfully identified, he said, and cherished by proprietors and possibilities.
“As I dispute, the ride that he has had with many within the shopping centre, there is been nothing unfavourable that has been dropped at our attention, moderately the opposite,” Det Insp Goan said.
“He was as soon as regarded as to be moderately a satisfying man and his engagements with others had been moderately glad engagements, not something that can work this kind of actions in the direction of him.”
The execute of Mr Eaton, who has 5 adult teenagers, has been particular onerous on his aged mother, he said.
Condolences from centre workers and proprietors dangle been flowing to his family.
“This is clearly a extraordinarily challenging time for them,” Det Insp Goan said.
“I construct are expecting that their privacy is respected.”
He also thanked centre security for cordoning off the condo to substantiate more of us did not inspect the bloody crime scene.
Det Insp Goan said security also ensured police had been able to at present arrest the accused.
Detectives dangle CCTV footage of the attack and the lead up, but they dangle to instruct with anybody who spoke to either of the two men beforehand.
Det Insp Goan said the Cairns personnel was as soon as in shock concerning the circumstances of Mr Eaton’s demise.
“He’s a Cairns man, identified to many … and naturally his untimely demise is mourned by many,” he said.