An angry landscaper who rose to fame in Australia last month for giving prime minister Malcolm Turnbull the finger has now been charged with attempted murder.
Queensland Police released a statement on Monday afternoon stating that a 26-year-old man, who has since been named as Nick Gordon, had been charged in the Brisbane suburb of Carina Heights after an incident on Sunday evening.
Queensland Police said a woman was found with severe facial and hand injuries.
“Police have charged a 26-year-old man with attempted murder following an incident at a Carina Heights address yesterday, June 3,” a statement read. “It will be alleged that around 12.10am, police were called to a house on Chataway Street following reports of a disturbance. On arrival, police located a woman in her 30s with significant facial injuries and cuts to her hands.”
Queensland Police said Gordon was known to his alleged victim.
“A 26-year-old Carina Heights man who is known to the woman was arrested at a nearby address and has been charged with one count each of attempted murder, contravention of a domestic violence order, and contravening order about information,” the statement continued. “He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.”
Last month, Gordon said he’d “had a few” drinks at the Carindale Hotel and “flipped” when he learned the PM was in the vicinity. One report by the Courier Mail said Gordon became angry over taxes, while another report by the Brisbane Times said he became agitated because the PM got served at the bar before him. He was issued with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licensed premises.
In the state of Queensland, these notices are issued for what are known as public nuisance offences and involve the payment of a fine. Things took a strange twist when former Labor politician Sam Dastyari set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds to pay the $756 fine. At the time of publishing, $1,079 had been raised.
Dastyari wrote on the page: “‘Bluey’ from QLD was fined $756 for expressing his opinion that the PM should not have pushed in front of him at a bar,” Dastyari wrote last month. “This campaign is to buy him a beer.”
Dastyari also took to Twitter to encourage his followers to support the campaign, posting a series of messages asking the public to help him buy Gordon a drink.
Starts at 60 has reached out to Dastyari for comment.