So far today police in Australia would have dealt with on average 310 domestic violence matters
A man has been charged with the stabbing murders of his mother and seven-year-old nephew, with the alleged victims’ bodies being found in the front yards of neighbouring properties in Sydney’s west.
Officers were called to Kennedy Parade at Lalor Park after reports a man with a knife was threatening a woman, shortly before 11:00pm yesterday.
When police arrived, they found the body of a 63-year-old woman on the front lawn of a property.
The body of the boy was found on the lawn of a neighbouring house.
Police said the pair had suffered stab wounds and other injuries.
A 35-year-old man, who is the son of the woman and the paternal uncle of the boy, was found nearby, allegedly armed with a knife.
Officers subdued the man before arresting him.
He was later charged with two counts of murder and assault of police.
Siblings of boy witnessed alleged attack
Detective Superintendent Gary Merryweather said the boy’s two sisters and a female cousin witnessed the alleged stabbing.
“It was a very horrific incident and unfortunately, yes, it was witnessed by other children who were at the premises at the time,” he said.
“They’re being cared for by other family members at this stage.”
He said the children aged between 10 and 19 were understandably “devastated”.
“From my own experience, probably the severity of everything hasn’t sunk in,” Detective Superintendent Merryweather said.
“It’s in the coming days they’ll need the additional support from families and professionals.”
He said police were liaising with the school where the boy went.
“[We’re] making sure that the other kids understand what’s happened and they get the support that is needed at a time like this,” he said.
One neighbour this morning expressed shock and sorrow at the incident.
“I [saw] the little boy … yesterday,” she said.
“He was talking to my boys, playing with them. He was so happy.”
She said police ordered residents to stay in their homes after the incident.
“My husband couldn’t leave the house. I had to beg to take my youngest son to school,” she said.
Neighbour Merelein Charlesworth described the siblings as “nice kids, good kids”.
Another neighbour said he heard a child scream during the night, but he was not alarmed at the time.
“In this neighbourhood, kids mucking about isn’t unheard of … It’s generally a pretty fine area,” he said.
The 35-year-old man was refused bail and was due to appear in Blacktown Local Court this afternoon but chose not to appear before the magistrate.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not apply for bail and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance in November.