RP SAILOR CHARGED FOR SHIPMATE'S DEATH IN AUSTRALIA

Sydney, April 21, 2003 -- A 44-year-old sailor from the Philippines will 
appear in a Sunshine Coast court charged with the murder of a shipmate.

Police charged the man aboard the bulk carrier MV Endeavour which was en 
route to NSW on Good Friday.

The killing occurred the day before when an argument allegedly broke out in 
the dining room between the bosun and steward.

The 33-year-old steward was repeatedly stabbed and died despite the efforts 
of paramedics, who were flown by helicopter to the carrier.

After the fight the carrier's master immediately altered the vessel's 
course, travelling to an anchorage point about four nautical miles off 
Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Des Mahoney said the carrier was 
registered in Manila in the Philippines and had been crewed by about 23 
Filipino nationals.

The Philippine Consulate had been notified and was expected to inform the 
steward's relatives of his death.

Sgt Mahoney said the bosun was charged under Federal law.

Because the killing occurred in Australia's territorial waters, the man 
would remain in Australia and would not be deported to the Philippines, Sgt 
Mahoney said.

The man will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

The carrier continued on its course after the incident and was expected to 
dock in Newcastle on Friday to collect a shipment of coal.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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