Street fight 'murderer' denied bail

A Queensland teenager accused of murdering two men and injuring another in a street fight has been denied bail for fear he might flee.

Luke Michael Jackson, 18, has been in custody since January following his arrest for the murders of Brad Girling, 22, and Brandon Matthews, 18.

Both men died after they were stabbed in a street at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, during a brawl.

A third man, 24, was taken to hospital with a stab wound to the back that was not life-threatening.

Jackson has been charged with a malicious act with intent relating to this alleged attack.

Jackson’s housemate, Zachary Michael Moloney, 22, faces three similar charges.


Lawyers for Jackson sought the teen’s conditional release in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday.

They argued the crown case was not strong and said Jackson’s parents would provide a moderate surety to guarantee his presence at future court hearings.

However, Justice Peter Lyons denied bail, saying the risk of flight on such serious charges was too high.