Heartbreak for the Allen family after fatal Sale stabbing

Clint Allen with wife Bek Allen. Photo: Facebook

Family and friends of 38-year-old Clint Allen are shocked and heartbroken in the wake of his death on Sunday morning.

The much-loved husband and father – who was five weeks shy of a new milestone of becoming a grandfather – died in Sale outside the Criterion Hotel after suffering a stab wound.

A 20-year-old Sale man, Spencer Shumski, has been charged with one count of murder. He appeared at Sale Magistrate’s Court on Monday via video link and did not apply for bail.

At the time of the alleged attack, Clint, his wife Bek and a group of friends are understood to have been walking home just after midnight after celebrating Bek’s birthday at the Criterion Hotel.

Police were called to the intersection of York Street and Macalister Street, just outside the Criterion Hotel, at about 1am. Officers provided first aid until ambulance crews arrived but were unable to save Clint.

Clint, Bek and their two daughters were originally from Melbourne and had only recently moved to Sale after spending a year travelling around the country.

“We just put a dot on the map and we thought Sale looked alright. Clearly not,” Bek told Nine News.

“He would do anything for anyone. He would do everything for me and the girls, 100 per cent.”

Clint’s sister Lisa said he was “one of the good guys”.

“He’d do anything to help anyone, he was a lover not a fighter. Our family will never be the same without you little brother,” she wrote on social media.

A GoFundMe page to benefit the family was set up by Bek’s friend.

“Clint was a proud family man. An adoring and incredible husband to Bek, an amazing and proud Dad to Makala and Stef and a mate and friend to many!” the GoFundMe page reads.

At the time of the alleged incident on Sunday morning, Shumski was on bail for unrelated firearm charges and had a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday, which was adjourned. His bail from those gun charges was revoked.

He will be back in court via video link on September 19 for a committal mention.

Shumski has a Spotify profile under the name NP Benzey, which describes him as a “small-town artist and producer”. Shumski also released music videos on YouTube under the name.

After his arrest on Sunday, Shumski was placed in a cell at Morwell police station.

The GoFundMe page for the Allen family has so far raised more than $11,000. It can be accessed via the following link at gofund.me/9a6908f3