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The Melbourne boy’s chilling note before he tried to kill his entire family with a knife


The Melbourne boy’s chilling note before he tried to kill his entire family with a knife – with his mother dying in hospital shortly after the horrific stabbing

A Melbourne boy wrote a day before going ahead with his plan about his desire to kill his family.

In a note on his computer titled “If I Walked Away,” the 15-year-old wrote of lingering thoughts of killing his family.

“I have hated my family for a long time,” he said.

I’ve had persistent thoughts of killing my family and really wanted to do it, but in the end I ran away.’

In a second note titled “If I Killed My Family,” he wrote that he “did it” out of hate.

The next day, the boy, a talented student whose obedience was noted by many who knew him, stayed home from school and played video games.

Around lunchtime, his 42-year-old mother went upstairs to see if he had eaten. He took out a knife he’d had in his room for about a year, believing it to be cool, and stabbed her repeatedly in the neck, chest, and abdomen.

Downstairs, his grandmother heard her daughter call out, “Why did you do that?”

Chased by her son, she ran downstairs to call for help and told a triple-zero operator, “My son is killing me.”

The boy cut his sister’s neck with the knife and cut his grandmother, who placed her body over the three-year-old girl to protect her.

He stabbed his sister in the stomach, exposing her intestines, and stabbed his grandmother in the chest and back.

When police arrived, they kicked in the teen’s locked bedroom door and found him sitting at his computer next to an empty bottle of champagne.

He stabbed himself repeatedly before being overpowered by officers.

The boy’s mother was taken to hospital but died of her injuries a few hours later. His grandmother and sister both spent more than a month in hospital recovering from serious injuries.

The court heard that the boy’s grandmother still wants a relationship with the now 16-year-old.

“I’d like to protect him even now. I love him and even miss him in my life, he is very special to me,” she said.

His attorney David Gibson told the Victoria Supreme Court on Tuesday that he showed a remarkable spirit of compassion and forgiveness.

The boy, who pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder, had suffered a major depressive episode three years before the incident and had undiagnosed autism.

Mr Gibson said the boy was socially awkward and had no close friends at school and was unhappy that his mother and stepfather were getting back together.

For three years, his mood darkened, and as his feelings built, he turned to video games as an escape “and then it all erupted,” he said.

The combination of depression with autism, which prevented him from coming to terms with his profound unhappiness, provided some explanation for what otherwise seemed “madness.”

A pre-sentence hearing continues.



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