The crime scene at Plainland, near Porters Plainland Hote, where a man was stabbed and killed on July 1.
The crime scene at Plainland, near Porters Plainland Hote, where a man was stabbed and killed on July 1. ALI KUCHEL

Police sift through hours of CCTV in stabbing manhunt

LATEST: DETECTIVES are in the process of trawling through hours of CCTV footage while compiling witness statements as they attempt to track down suspects in the stabbing murder of a man at Plainland.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said detectives were working with witnesses to produce comfits of two suspects.

Meanwhile, a "ridiculous" amount of CCTV footage taken of the suspect black sedan as it travelled on the Warrego Highway and Ipswich Motorway on Monday night will have to be analysed.

"If you think about all the service stations and shopping centres along the way it is going to take us a fair while to go through all that footage," he said.

Police are no closer to revealing a possible motive for the stabbing, but believe it was not a random attack.

The 50-year-old victim stumbled towards the bottle shop at Porter's Plainland Hotel about 6pm Monday night after being stabbed multiple times.

He died at the scene, prompting a massive man hunt that involved the Polair chopper.

The suspect vehicle headed east after the stabbing and was last seen on the Ipswich Motorway before police lost track of it.

EARLIER: AN EXTENSIVE network of CCTV footage covering Plainland through to Ipswich will be painstakingly examined over coming days after a man was stabbed to death in the Lockyer Valley Monday night.

The man, aged in his 50s, stumbled into the drive-through bottle shop near Porter's Plainland Hotel about 6pm with extensive injuries.

The man, who detectives believe was involved in an "incident with two men", was stabbed multiple times.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics were unable to save the man's life, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two men remain on the run.

They are believed to have travelled from the east to the popular pub on Laidley Plainland Rd shortly before the incident in a black sedan.

That same black sedan was later tracked headed east back towards Ipswich.

 

Police and paramedics on scene at an incident at Porters Plainland Hotel, July 1.
Police and paramedics on scene at an incident at Porters Plainland Hotel, July 1. Dominic Elsome

The car was last seen on the Ipswich Motorway Monday night.

A police helicopter searched the area for the black sedan, but gave up after several hours.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said the man's murder was not believed to be a random attack, but would not be drawn on a possible motive behind his death.

A large portion of the pub's car park, just metres from where patrons were dining out at the time, was cordoned off today as forensic investigators scoured the scene.

The man's family and next of kin were yet to be notified as of this afternoon.

Inspector Strohfeldt, speaking at the crime scene Monday night, said the violent crime was uncommon for the Plainland area.

 

Detective Inspector for Darling Downs District Lew Strohfeldt addresse the media at the stabbing incident in Plainland.
Detective Inspector for Darling Downs District Lew Strohfeldt addresse the media at the stabbing incident in Plainland. Dominic Elsome

"This is a terrible thing to have happened," he said.

"We don't believe this is a random (attack), it's not a usual thing that happens around here."

Inspector Strohfeldt told The Chronicle extensive CCTV had been seized from businesses between Plainland and the Ipswich areas.

He appealed for witnesses to come forward to police.

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