French backpacker charged with murder in Australia

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A young Frenchman backpacking around Australia has been charged with murder over the stabbing death of another man in a pub on Christmas Day, police said Tuesday.

Police had initially charged the 22-year-old with causing grievous bodily harm but later changed it to murder.

"The charge has been upgraded to murder," a spokesman for Western Australia police said Tuesday.

The charge relates to the death of Kristopher Dixon, 32, who died at about 2:00 am on Christmas morning in the remote Western Australian tourist town of Broome.

The Frenchman, who police have not named, is due to appear in court later Tuesday.

© 2012 AFP

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