Investigations are continuing into the death of Joseph Bornen who died following a disturbance at a Moore Park Beach property. Photo Contributed
Investigations are continuing into the death of Joseph Bornen who died following a disturbance at a Moore Park Beach property. Photo Contributed Contributed

Family struck by second tragic death

TRAGEDY has struck an Ipswich family for the second time after the death of a 46-year-old man at Moore Park Beach.

Bundaberg police are still trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death of Joseph Wayne Bornen, who died after an alleged dispute at a Sylvan Dr address on Wednesday.

Yesterday police spoke with a 31-year-old man who they believed could assist with their inquiries into the death of Mr Bornen.

Multiple 000 calls on Wednesday saw police respond to an address at Sylvan Dr around 4.30pm, where they located Mr Bornen unconscious and without a pulse.

Police performed CPR before he was transported to Bundaberg Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.

Preliminary investigations indicate Mr Bornen and a 57-year-old man attended the address and spoke with the 31-year-old man.

It was believed a dispute followed and a physical disturbance occurred over property.

Bundaberg Detective Inspector David Briese spoke to the media on Thursday morning as police continued to search for the 31-year-old, but police confirmed he was later found and was helping detectives with investigations.

"What we know at the moment is that at about 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon there was a disturbance at a Sylvan Dr address at Moore Park," Det Inspt Briese said.

"What we do know is that all the people are known to each other, some are actually related, so we believe it's a family matter.

"Some of them are family members related to each and others are known through association."

Det Inpst Briese said police were investigating whether a baseball bat was used during the incident.

"We do have information that a baseball bat was used at some point during the disturbance however we're not sure exactly in what way or what injures were caused by that baseball bat," he said.

Det Inspt Briese said at this stage no charges had been laid and they were waiting on results of the autopsy.

"We're still trying to determine exactly what occurred and how the injuries to the deceased occurred and we're still awaiting an autopsy," he said.

"Until we have the autopsy, we'd only be guessing." Mr Bornen was the father of Ipswich teenager Andrew Bornen who was killed after being handcuffed by police in 2009.

Andrew was lying on the road when he was hit by a passing car as police officers tried to get the attention of the driver.

The police officers involved in the incident were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions following an inquest. But the officers were not charged with any offences relating to Andrew's death.

In 2013 Joseph Bornen launched legal proceedings against the government, seeking $545,000 in compensation for his son's death, with the matter settled out of court.

Yesterday police were unsure why Mr Bornen was in Moore Park Beach or how long he'd been in the area. Investigations are continuing.



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