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New cash ‘arrangement’ detail in case of man who allegedly sawed off leg in a park

A man charged with murder after allegedly cutting off another man’s leg with a circular saw in a far north Queensland park has been identified after facing court.

John Yalu, 36, was charged after allegedly amputating a 66-year-old man’s leg on Saturday morning at Innisfail’s Fitzgerald Park.

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It’s alleged the pair met at the park before 4am before Mr Yalu used a circular saw belonging to the older man to amputate his leg below the knee.

Mr Yalu then helped the 66-year-old into a nearby car before he took off on foot.

A member of the public found the older man a short time later.

John Yalu.
John Yalu. Credit: 7NEWS

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He died at the scene from his injuries.

7NEWS understands authorities are investigating whether the man actually paid thousands of dollars to have his leg amputated.

“Police will allege these two people were known to each other, the extent of that relationship is still forming part of our investigations,” Detective Acting Inspector Gary Hunter told reporters on Sunday.

“Police also believe there was an arrangement between the two people for the amputation of the leg.

Mr Yalu Has Been Charged With Murder.
Mr Yalu has been charged with murder. Credit: 7NEWS
Police And Forensic Teams At The Scene Of The Alleged Crime.
Police and forensic teams at the scene of the alleged crime. Credit: 7NEWS

“During my 34 years as a police officer I’ve never experienced a situation as we are presented with here today.”

The alleged crime has been sent a shudder through the local community.

“You don’t hear something like that happening every day do you?,” one local told 7NEWS.

“I’ve grown up here my whole life and I’ve never heard of anything like this happening.”

Police Cordoned Off A Street Near The Scene.
Police cordoned off a street near the scene. Credit: 7NEWS

The case was heard in court on Monday but Mr Yalu did not appear.

He has been remanded in custody and will face the Innisfail Magistrates Court on June 6.

Anyone with dashcam vision is urged to come forward.

– with AAP

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