Update: Housemate dead after noise dispute

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A man has died after being found with stab wounds to his back in the early hours of the morning. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey

A late-night noise dispute at a Cairns share house has ended with one man dead and his housemate charged with murder.

A murder investigation is under way after a man in his 50s was found with stab wounds to his back at a White Rock home on the outskirts of Cairns.

A 66-year-old man – who also lives at the home – has been charged with one count of murder this afternoon.

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A man in his 50s is dead after suffering stab wounds to his back. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey
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Police have arrested a 66-year-old man. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey

“Investigators will allege the 66-year-old Cairns North man stabbed the victim, a 57-year-old White Rock man, several times at a Hollywood Boulevard address following a verbal dispute,” a Queensland Police spokesperson said.

Police and ambulance were called to the share house around 1.30am after reports a man had been stabbed.

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Detectives canvass the neighbourhood speaking to neighbours. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey
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Witnesses have described overhearing a loud dispute in the neighbourhood. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey
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Police understand there was a noise dispute at the residence, Inspector Chetham said. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey

Police said they took the Cairns North man into custody “without incident”.

He has been denied bail and will appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Witnesses described hearing screaming and yelling in the neighbourhood during the early hours of the morning.

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A funeral service car at the home on Wednesday morning. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey
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A 66-year-old man is in custody. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey

“We do have information that those two parties were arguing a number of times during the night and then into the morning about noise emanating from the premises,” Inspector Chetham said.

Paramedics arrived on the scene first and tried to revive the man, however, he died at the scene.

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It is understood a noise dispute occurred at the property on Tuesday night. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brian Cassey

Police have begun interviewing residents in the local area and are asking anyone with information who can assist to come forward.