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A forty-three-year-old man is accused of stabbing to death his wife Manjinder, 43, a beloved community member and local grocery store worker at a Gordonvale home, south of Cairns, about 3.45pm on Monday.
The Indian-born accused also stands accused of stabbing his father-in-law Sarwan Singh Ghuman, 72, in the chest as he came to the aid of the slain Manjinder.
Police allege he then chased his crippled mother-in-law Sukhwinder Ghuman, 66, out the front door and across the road where he knifed her to death on the lawn of a neighbour's home in front of shocked witnesses.
Onlookers told how the accused murderer stood, bare-chested, covered in blood with a knife lying in a pool of blood nearby, as heavily-armed police surrounded and arrested him at the Wiltshire St crime scene.
"It's horrific", northern regional crime co-ordinator detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said yesterday.
"It can only be described as a horrific, blood-soaked scene. It is something that sticks with you for the rest of your life."
Witnesses have told of seeing the accused murderer standing bare-chested and bloody outside the Wiltshire Street address before he was arrested.
Both his wife and his mother-in-law were pronounced dead at the scene.
His father-in-law is currently being treated in hospital for serious injuries.
There are reports that Manjinder's teenage daughter desperately tried to protect her mother during the horrific stabbing and has also suffered minor injuries.
The alleged killer has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and two other offences.
Friend Graham Booysen, who worked at Cornetts IGA supermarket with Mrs Ghuman, told how the tragedy had shaken the tight-knit sugar town.
Manjinder has worked here for 10 years, he said. Everyone loved her.
Her alleged killer was due to face Cairns Magistrates Court today.
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