Man charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing surfer in Burleigh Heads

A man has been remanded in custody on a charge of attempted murder after what police say was a “completely random attack” in which a 43-year-old surfer was allegedly slashed with a knife at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

Police have described the alleged attack as “horrific”.

The accused, Kieran James Alderton, 31, did not apply for bail or personally appear in Southport Magistrates Court this morning, and the matter was adjourned until May 31.

The surfer was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition with wounds to his face and hands after Mr Alderton allegedly slashed him with a knife in a public bathroom.  

Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said the victim was travelling on public transport early on Monday morning, wearing a wetsuit and carrying his surfboard, when he noticed Mr Alderton following him.  

“He noticed this bloke paying a bit of undue attention to him,” Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said.

“He was a little bit suspicious of him.”

Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said it was alleged that when the victim got off the bus in Burleigh, Mr Alderton continued to follow him.

“So, he’s gone into the toilets to try to lock himself in a cubicle until this bloke went past,” Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said.

Mr Alderton allegedly kicked the door in, punched the surfer and slashed him with a knife.

Acting Chief Superintendent Sheldon said passers-by helped save the man’s life.

“A tremendous effort of a council cleaner and members of the public who jumped in,” he said.

He said the alleged offender fled to Palm Beach, where he was taken into police custody. 

Mr Alderton will not be required to appear in court later this month.

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