A young woman whose weekend away with her lover ended in two men being stabbed to death in front of her has spoken for the first time about her regrets from that fatal night.
Candice Locke, 29, still struggles to brush her own hair from the injuries she suffered on NRL Grand Final night last year, when a party on a north Queensland beach turned horribly wrong.
Now three months on, Ms Locke has found the courage to open up for the first time about what happened that night at Alva Beach before her boyfriend Tom Davy, 27 and a father-of-three Corey Christensen, 37, died in a bloody knife struggle.
‘I wish I had a clearer mind that night, maybe if I hadn’t been drinking different decisions would have been made,’ Ms Locke told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I’ve learned from it and have to use it to better myself.’
Candice Locke, 29, in the first photo of her since she witnessed the stabbing deaths of her boyfriend and another man in Alva Beach, Queensland, on September 30
Ms Locke, sought refuge at the first house she saw, at 2 Topton Street, after breaking her shoulder in a drunken quad bike accident on September 30
Ms Locke and her long-distance boyfriend Tom Davy, 27, travelled to the coastal hamlet for a fishing trip and made fast friends with a group of locals.
After a few too many beers, she broke her shoulder in a drunken quad bike accident but said no one would take her injury seriously so she walked off to get help.
She sought refuge at the home of Dean Webber, 19, but minutes later, Mr Davy and local father Corey Christensen, 37, ripped the screen door off and stormed in.
The two much larger men attacked Mr Webber and he ‘blindly thrust a kitchen knife in the dark’ to defend himself as Ms Locke cowered a few metres away.
Mr Davy and Mr Christensen were stabbed a total of three times and stumbled outside before bleeding to death in the gutter.
Ms Locke was in Alva Beach with her boyfriend Tom Davy, 27, who she started dating three months earlier after meeting on a dating app
While fishing on the beach that dominates the tiny coastal hamlet of 250 people, they met local father Corey Christensen, 37, (pictured with his wife)
The young woman spent about a week in hospital having surgery on her busted shoulder, which now has two steel plates holding it together.
‘I’m still having a lot of trouble [with my shoulder], I still don’t have full movement but hopefully with physiotherapy I’ll get that back,’ she said.
‘I can’t even do my own hair, it’s really frustrating.’
But Ms Locke knows the emotional scars will take longer to heal, and like everyone else she feels ‘terrible’ that two people lost their lives.
She is seeing a therapist but still has painful memories of the traumatic experience as she tries to move on.
‘I was in shock [in the weeks after the stabbing], I can’t even comprehend how it happened,’ she said.
‘It’s been hard but I’m slowly getting there. I’m trying to get back into some normality, working hard, tying to keep my head up.
A photo taken by police after Dean Webber’s arrest shows a deep red hand print on his neck and a gash on his forehead from when three men stormed his home, grabbed him ’round the throat, lifted him off the ground and then threw him to the floor’
Speaking for the first time since witnessing the horrific stabbing, Ms Locke revealed how a weekend getaway with her new lover spiraled out of control
Three months on, Ms Locke has found the courage to open up for the first time about what happened
‘I’m trying to move on but it’s really hard, it keeps coming back into my mind. They say time heals everything so hopefully it will.
‘I’m very lucky to have had such great support from my family and my friends in Queensland and Sydney.’
Ms Locke’s father is former North Queensland Cowboys NRL star turned Townsville real estate developer Martin Locke, with whom she stayed after leaving hospital.
‘I don’t want to be seen as a victim. I was injured, but there’s two people whose families will never see them again,’ Ms Locke said.
Ms Locke and Mr Davy met on a dating app about three months earlier while she was living in Ayr, about 90 minutes south of Townsville, and he in Cairns.
They made the 435km journey numerous times to see each other, and decided to go away for the NRL Grand Final long weekend.
While fishing on the beach that dominates the tiny coastal hamlet of 250 people, they met Mr Christensen, a local father-of-three.
The chain of events started when Ms Locke fell off a quad bike and badly broke her shoulder, and left the group in an effort to call an ambulance
Mr Christensen and Mr Davy bonded over their love of NRL and he invited them to watch the match at a party on a vacant block (pictured) next to his home
He and Mr Davy bonded over their love of NRL and he invited them to watch the match at a party on a vacant block next to his home.
‘I wish that never happened,’ Ms Locke said.
After several hours of drinking, the trio and a group of Mr Christensen’s friends were joyriding quad bikes on the beach – a popular activity among locals.
Ms Locke said she fell off one of the bikes and badly broke her shoulder, but received little help or sympathy from Mr Davy or her new friends.
‘They refused to help me because they thought I was exaggerating so I went off on my own looking for help,’ she said.
‘I’d lost my phone and was in a lot of pain. I’d never broken a bone before so I was very upset and wanted to call an ambulance.’
After several hours of drinking, the trio and a group of Mr Christensen’s friends were joyriding quad bikes on the beach – where Ms Locke broke her shoulder
Having lost her phone, Ms Locke took off along this dirt track that led from the beach into town as she tried to find help
Ms Locke took off along the dirt track that led from the beach into town and ran to the first house she saw – Mr Webber’s home at 2 Topton Street.
The apprentice fitter was asleep on the couch with the lights still on when the frantic young woman knocked on the door about 11.30pm begging for help.
Ms Locke admitted she was in quite a state at the time due to her injury, but denied reports she was in fear of her life or being chased.
‘I felt uncomfortable with those guys because they weren’t helping me they were laughing in my face and I’d just met them that night,’ she said.
Ms Locke is still too traumatised to speak about what happened next, but triple-0 calls by, and and police interviews with, Mr Webber outline the tragic events.
Minutes later, Mr Davy, Mr Christensen, and a third man arrived and tried to break in while yelling at them not to call the cops, police sources said.
The emergency operator told Mr Webber that no police could come to his aid as there was only one officer at the Ayr station, about 20 minutes away, and they couldn’t come as they had people in custody.
A triple-0 call captured Ms Locke’s screams as she watch the violent episode unfold from her hiding spot on the kitchen floor.
Mr Davy and Mr Christensen ripped this screen door off its tracks and stormed in, where they were stabbed in self defence by Mr Webber before staggering outside and bleeding to death
Instead he was told to turn all the lights off, draw the curtains, and ‘see how it goes’. Police would not arrive for another 50 minutes.
The men returned about 10 minutes later, ripped his screen door off its tracks, and stormed inside saying ‘we’ve got you now, you little p***k’.
Mr Webber told police they grabbed him ’round the throat, lifted him off the ground and then threw him to the floor where all three men set upon him’.
As they punched him in the head he stabbed wildly, hitting one man twice in the chest and the other through the armpit, severing a major artery and causing massive blood loss.
The triple-0 call captured Ms Locke’s screams as she watch the violent episode unfold from her hiding spot on the kitchen floor.
Ms Locke spent about a week in hospital having surgery on her busted shoulder, which now has two steel plates holding it together
Ms Locke’s father is former North Queensland Cowboys NRL star turned Townsville real estate developer Martin Locke, with whom she stayed after leaving hospital
Ms Locke doesn’t know why the men chased her or what possessed them to charge in and attack her teenager saviour.
‘I have no idea what was going through their minds or how it escalated. There’s some things we’ll never know,’ she said.
The incident will be the subject of coronial inquest, which Ms Locke hoped would provide answers.
Mr Webber is also suffering terribly with the guilt of having killed two people, even in self defence, with police saying it has ‘destroyed’ him.
He was arrested when police arrived at the house too late to save either man, but was released without charge as detectives decided he acted in self defence.
Mr Webber is also suffering terribly with the guilt of having killed two people, even in self defence, with the police saying it has ‘destroyed’ him
Mr Christensen’s wife Jaye speaks to the media, begging for answers, days after he death
The Air Force cadet’s uncle Paul Webber admitted his nephew was understandably feeling guilty about what happened.
‘He’s pretty upset as you’d imagine, our whole family is devastated,’ he told Daily Mail Australia days after the stabbing.
‘I’ve only seen him for a few minutes, I gave him a hug and that’s about it.’
Ms Locke said she had not spoken to Mr Webber, but hoped he was coping and was grateful for the help he gave her.
‘I’m sure I’ll come face to face with him one day to thank him properly,’ she said.