German backpacker death: 33yo man charged with murder over 'road rage' stabbing in Brisbane

German backpacker death: 33yo man charged with murder over 'road rage' stabbing in Brisbane

German backpacker death: 33yo man charged with murder over 'road rage' stabbing in Brisbane

Updated 7 October 2017, 21:40 AEDT

A 33-year-old man is charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of a German tourist in Brisbane on Friday.

A 33-year-old man has been charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of a German tourist in Brisbane on Friday.

Police said the German traveller and a friend were walking on Milton Road near the hostels about 4:00am after a night out when a man, believed to be in a green Holden Barina, almost hit them.

An argument ensued between the man in the car and the German man, which ended in him being fatally stabbed in the abdomen and back multiple times and the car fleeing the scene, police will allege.

The scene of what police described as an "incident of road rage", is just a few hundred metres away from the popular Brisbane backpacker hub which hosts five large hostels including Brisbane City YHA, City Backpackers, Summer House Backpackers Brisbane and Chill Backpackers.

It is believed the man and his friend were staying at one of the nearby hostels.

Police have not released the victim's name while the next of kin is being notified, and officers will not reveal details about the alleged attacker.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has attempted to assure travellers they are safe.

"What we do know is those matters are thoroughly investigated by the authorities and follow the normal court processes," she said.

"Queensland is still by far one of the safest destinations to have a holiday and we see that clear evidence in our tourism numbers, where we've seen huge increases over 13 per cent over the last year."

The 33-year-old man from Lockrose, South-East Queensland, is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

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