Scuffle ends in murder charge

March 15, 2018

Corowa residents are still in shock after word spread quickly of two men being stabbed inside a home in Vera Street on Saturday following a scuffle involving three men.

A 41-year-old man was conveyed to Corowa hospital suffering serious stab wounds and head wounds allegedly caused by a baseball bat.
The man was revealed as Corowa’s Christopher Quirk who subsequently died at hospital.
A 33-year-old man was also conveyed to Corowa hospital where he was treated for stab wounds and internal bleeding.
The man was later transported to Albury hospital and has undergoing further surgery but is not conscious.
Emergency services were called to a house on Vera Street about 12.05pm after reports of an affray.
Police cordoned off the street which remained a crime scene until Sunday where police seized knives, two vehicles and other items from the house.
Adam Dennis Coats, 43, was arrested at the scene by police from Murray River Police District where he was taken to the Corowa Police Station.
Police confirmed the men were known to each other.
Police will allege in court the 41-year old was involved in an altercation with the 33-year-old man who were both carrying knives, when Coats intervened, fatally striking the 41-year-old with a baseball bat.
Coats was charged with murder and refused bail where he appeared at Albury Local Court on Sunday.
Coats was due to face four charges at Corowa Court on March 21 which have been adjourned to the same date that the murder count would be next mentioned.
No application for bail was made.
Coats is set to re-appear at Albury Court on May 14 for an additional hearing on all outstanding charges.

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