Woman, 20, is charged with murder after law graduate, 35, is stabbed to death on a footpath in the Gold Coast
- Nicholas Braid, 35, was died in Surfers Paradise on Tuesday night
- A 20-year-old woman, Freedom Anderson, has been charged with his murder
- Police allege the pair knew each other, but ruled out domestic violence
- The law graduate was described as ‘loyal, generous and smart’ by his mother
A young woman has been charged with murder after a law graduate was found dead on a footpath in Surfers Paradise.
Freedom Anderson, 20, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon following a police search.
She has since been charged with one count of murder, and is due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Nicholas Braid, a law graduate who had recently been released from prison, was allegedly stabbed on the street and later died in hospital.
Police allege Mr Braid and Ms Anderson were known to each other.
Freedom Anderson, 20, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon following a police search and charged with Mr Braid’s murder
Nicholas Braid (pictured) was found on the streets outside an apartment block in Surfers Paradise on Tuesday night
The 35-year-old’s body was found outside the Beachcomber Apartments on Hanlon Street at Surfers Paradise after 7pm on Tuesday night.
Family and friends paid tribute to Mr Braid, calling him ‘loyal, generous and smart’.
‘Nick was a much loved and loving son, brother and friend,’ his mother Michelle Braid told The Courier-Mail.
‘Despite his struggles, he never stopped caring for them and always had compassion for the underdog.
‘His loyalty and generosity knew no bounds. He was known for his formidable intelligence and passionate eloquence. We are devastated.’
A former industrial relations advisor, he was released on bail last week after several months in prison for a spate of thefts at fuel stations.
Mr Braid was found with a chest wound on the pavement outside a Surfers Paradise apartment block (pictured) on Tuesday night
Nicholas Braid (pictured) was described as ‘loyal, generous and smart’ by his mother
He also had law and international business degrees.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch said they believe Mr Braid knew his alleged killer – but ruled out domestic violence.
‘It’s certainly not a spousal partner or some sort of situation like that; our early indications are they are loosely known to each other – the group,’ he said.
‘We believe some of the people on the street were from within that building.
‘We have been speaking to them during the night … and further interviews today with all the residents in that apartment building.’
‘The weapon has not been located although it appeared to be from an ‘edged weapon, like a knife or something similar’, he said.
Witnesses from a nearby apartment block described hearing a woman screaming and an alleged ‘argument’ before the Mr Braid’s body was found on the footpath.
Police take photos at the crime scene after the body of 35-year-old Nicholas Braid was found on Tuesday night (pictured)
The industrial relations adviser was allegedly stabbed to death outside the Beachcomber Apartments (pictured) on Hanlon Street at Surfers Paradise after 7pm on Tuesday night
Police will allege Mr Braid went to the apartment block to speak to Ms Anderson and a group of others staying there, having had a loose association with one another.
Officers will allege they then spoke outside, before Mr Braid was attacked.
During the argument, he was allegedly stabbed once in the torso and collapsed on the footpath, before dying in Gold Coast Hospital.
‘They’re loosely known to each other, but that will be the focus of our investigation going forward,’ Dep Inst Ahearn added.
‘We have a number of people who have provided versions of what has occurred.’
Law graduate Nicholas Braid (pictured) was described as ‘loyal, generous and smart’ by his mother