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Man accused of Ingham homicide intends to battle prices, lawyer says

A 24-year-old man accused of murdering another young man on the street in a northern Queensland town intends to take legal action against the charges, a court hears.

Police alleged Caleb Rutherford stabbed Josh Hyde in the stomach while the 20-year-old was walking with two women near Ingham city center late Sunday night.

It is believed that Mr. Rutherford approached the trio and fought with Mr. Hyde before the knife stab.

Mr. Hyde died in hospital a short time later and a homicide investigation was opened.

Josh Hyde died in the early hours of Monday morning after being stabbed in the stomach in Ingham.

After a four-day police search, Mr Rutherford surrendered to the Ingham Police Station Thursday morning and was charged with the murder later that day.

He was taken to the Townsville Guardhouse and mentioned in Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

Attorney Jamie Scuderi appeared on his behalf and said Mr. Rutherford had denied the allegations.

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Mr Scuderi said lawyers needed time to speak to investigators before requesting a brief hearing of evidence.

“”[My client] denies the allegations and therefore they are being challenged, “said Ms. Scuderi.

“I am aiming for a two-week adjournment. During this time, I would like to have the opportunity to speak to one of the investigators and the prosecutor for further information that may be of use in the investigation into this matter.”

The matter was adjourned until January 29 because of a mandatory mention.

No bail request was made and the man was taken into custody.

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