RP SAILOR CHARGED FOR SHIPMATE'S DEATH IN AUSTRALIASydney, 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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