Farmer accused of mass killing revealed

Farmer accused of mass killing revealed

New details have emerged about the man police accuse of murdering a respected farming family in far-north Queensland.

Darryl Young, 59, has been charged with murdering Mervyn Schwarz, 71, his wife Maree, 59, and her son Graham Tighe, 35, at the gates of his property in Bogie, which bordered the Schwarz’s farm.

Mr Tighe’s brother, Ross, was shot in the stomach, but miraculously survived after driving more than 40km to a neighbouring farm to raise an alarm.

He was flown to Mackay hospital and underwent emergency surgery on Thursday night.

Police said there was a long-running boundary dispute between Young and the Schwarz’s, who purchased the sprawling 30,000ha farm for $10 million last year.

Police said Young, the Schwarz’s and the Tighe’s agreed to meet at the fence of Young’s property in a phone conversation on Wednesday evening.

Police will allege Young shot the four victims “execution-style” with a rifle.

Young is listed to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

On Friday he was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, after five people were initially taken into custody.

Young is a long-time Bogie resident who reportedly lives with his daughter, believed to be in her 20s, outside of Bowen.

He is said to be well-known in the farming community, having owned property as far south as Gladstone.

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