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Hear the harrowing triple-0 call after Shandee Blackburn’s brutal stabbing in Mackay

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Hear the harrowing triple-0 call following the brutal stabbing of a 23-year-old woman who severed her voting box and died alone in a gutter in mystery that stunned Australia

  • Shandee Blackburn was stabbed to death in Mackay, QLD, in February 2013.
  • Australian podcast Shandee’s Story explores the murder mystery
  • John Peros was charged with the murder of Mrs Blackburn, but was acquitted in 2017










The harrowing triple zero call made after a young woman slit her throat in a murder that shocked Australia has surfaced as part of a new podcast series.

Shandee Blackburn, 23, died after being brutally stabbed more than 20 times while walking home from a service at Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland in February 2013.

She was only meters from the house she shared with her mother Vicki when CCTV captured a mysterious figure running towards her.

Her voice box was severed and she crawled into a nearby gutter, unable to call for help before later dying in hospital.

Australian National Chief Correspondent Hedley Thomas investigates the murder of Mrs Blackburn as part of his new investigative podcast series Shandee’s Story.

Shandee Blackburn, 23, died after being brutally stabbed more than 20 times while walking home from a service at Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland in February 2013

In a trailer for the podcast, audio of the panicked call to emergency services can be heard from a disturbed passerby.

“Her head is on top of the gutter, she doesn’t move,” the man says.

‘She’s bleeding, can you hurry? She’s going to pass out, her pulse is getting weak.’

Shannah, Ms. Blackburn’s sister, said he first heard the triple zero call during the clip from the podcast’s trailer.

Ms. Blackburn’s mother said she tries to remember her daughter in the moments before she was murdered, where she was “comfortable in her own skin.”

“I can never remember what she went through that night here alone – I try to focus on those 40 meters (before the attack), where she was happy and peaceful,” she told Mr. Thomas on the series.

‘I have to think about that. I can’t think of this. Being alone with her and me up there and unable to protect her.’

The death of Mrs Blackburn (center) is now the subject of an investigative podcast series by Hedley Thomas, The Australian's chief national correspondent.

The death of Mrs Blackburn (center) is now the subject of an investigative podcast series by Hedley Thomas, The Australian’s chief national correspondent.

The podcast will feature new interviews from witnesses and those involved in the case, with Thomas hoping the series will bring justice to the Blackburn family.

Ms Blackburn’s ex-boyfriend John Peros was initially a suspect in the case, but after being charged with her murder, he was acquitted in 2017 and maintains his innocence.

However, during a two-week inquest in July last year, Queensland’s Central Coroner David O’Connell said Peros was most likely responsible for her death.

Coroner O’Connell relayed the findings of the inquest, saying there was “no doubt” in his mind that Peros had been the one who assaulted Ms Blackburn and caused her injuries.

John Peros, Ms Blackburn's ex-boyfriend, was acquitted of Ms Blackburn's murder in 2017 and insists he is innocent.

John Peros, Ms Blackburn’s ex-boyfriend, was acquitted of Ms Blackburn’s murder in 2017 and insists he is innocent.

It came after Mr O’Connell heard evidence that a vehicle similar to Mr Peros’ white Toyota Hilux was seen near the area where Mrs Blackburn was attacked.

Despite the coroner’s findings, Peros will not be arrested or charged as he has already been acquitted of murder.

New and compelling evidence would have to come to light before police could arrest him under double hazard laws, which the coroner failed to find.

Peros, who was an amateur boxer, has always denied any involvement in the crime.

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