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Bloke charged with murder after ‘pal begs him to amputate leg with a power saw’

A man charged with murder had been begged by his pal to amputate his legs with a power saw in a supermarket car park, cops say.

Police say the man who died after his leg was amputated with a circular saw had paid a fruit picker friend $5000 (£2,700) to perform the amateur surgery that led to his death.

The 66-year-old Innisfail man died early on Saturday morning in North Queensland, Australia, after he was discovered by passers-by.

Allegations against 36-year-old John Yalu claim he was responsible for the botched amateur surgery that amputated the man's lower leg next to the street.

Yalu, a Vanuatu national remained in custody while awaiting a hearing.

Detective Inspector Gary Hunter of Cairns police said it was believed the amputation came from a prior arrangement between the two men, Daily Mail reports.

Inspector Hunter said: "Police will allege that at 3.48am (Saturday), the deceased person and another male person arrived at a location on Fitzgerald Esplanade at Innisfail.

"Both the people left the vehicle and went to a grassed area not far away and remained at that location for about 20 minutes.

"A male person has then commenced to saw the deceased person's leg off using a circular saw."

The detective continued: "A short time later, the male person in this matter has assisted the deceased person, who is 66 years of age, return to the vehicle and a short time later has left the area on foot.

"Police will allege that these two people were known to each other."

The people who found the man rang for an ambulance, but he died before it arrived.

Yalu was found at a home in Innisfail at around noon and was charged with one count of murder, with an appeal made by police for dashcam or CCTV footage of the area.

Yalu's legal representative made no application for bail.

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