Two malnourished teenagers found locked inside Brisbane house, man found dead in yard

| 28.05,20. 01:16 PM |

Two malnourished teenagers found locked inside Brisbane house, man found dead in yard


The home where two teenage boys were found locked inside a room after police found a man dead in the front yard.(ABC News: George Roberts)

Two naked and malnourished teenagers were discovered inside a house in northern Brisbane yesterday after police found a man dead.

The matter has been referred to the Department of Child Safety as police awaited the results of a post mortem examination.

Police said officers were called to a house in Stafford yesterday morning, where they found the body of a 49-year-old man.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, but the two teenagers were locked inside the house in what were described as squalid conditions.

A man, who did not wish to be named, told the ABC he knew the dead man and said the house stank, there were chickens in the kitchen and the two boys were "always locked in their room".

He said he had visited the property three or four times up to about three years ago and knew the man from the Everton Park Bowls Club.

"The stench was unbearable … I wish I'd said something," he said.

"The boys were always locked in the room, the door was kicked in and there were chickens in the house."

Footage seen by ABC News showed the boys wearing only nappies playing on a mattress and locked in an otherwise desolate room.

Another video, taken by a neighbour, showed the boys in nappies squatting in the yard with a broken beer bottle on the ground and one of them playing with a sock.

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said one of the boys was known locally as the "naked bandit" because he was seen running around naked.

Neighbours said the man had a terminal medical condition.

They said he would hose the boys down on waterproof blow-up mattresses in the back garden.

A car with P-plates was in the driveway of the weatherboard house, which is split into two public housing units.

There is a note on the property's gate, written on pink paper folded into a heart, saying: "We will miss you, Paully."


Gayle Flewell-Smith says she thought he was good with the boys.(ABC News: George Roberts)




'I don't know how things got that way'
Neighbour Gayle Flewell-Smith said she could not understand how the situation deteriorated and why the man was not given more support by the department.

"He knew he was dying [but] he said he had someone coming to check on the boys," she said.

"I don't know how things got that way," she said.

"Maybe because he was sick."

Ms Smith said the man had given her a frozen chicken for Christmas after she moved into the neighbourhood and told her he always gave a chicken to new neighbours.

She said she came to check on the welfare of the man's dog and said he had a friend ready to take care of the animal in the event of his death.

It's understood the dog was removed from the property yesterday.

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