New details have emerged of the father accused of stabbing his five-year-old son to death in Sydney on Friday.
Police charged the man, said to be the father of the young boy, with murder on Friday evening. He’s now appeared in Parramatta court in Western Sydney, with Nine News reporting his appearance via video link as “bizarre” and “tragic”.
According to the report, the man was confused by his surroundings, even asking where he was at one point. The father allegedly sat “blank-faced” and “totally unaware of what was going on around him”. Nine News claims the Magistrate had to ask the man, who can’t yet formally be identified for legal reasons, to leave the room when the hearing ended. After the man failed to respond, he had to be assisted by a prison officer and escorted out.
Meanwhile, neighbours, friends and family in the Carlingford street where the horrific murder played out described the man they knew.
One neighbour, Natalie Lewin, claimed he was a man who loved his son very much, but that he got sick with mental health problems.
“He got sick, so he couldn’t go to work for months now,” she told Nine News.
Nine News added that friends of the man confirmed he had spent time in hospital and that his family tried to check him into a mental health facility on Thursday. According to the report, there were no beds available and the man was turned away.
Starts at 60 has not be able to independently confirm Nine News’ report.
Meanwhile, the boy’s grandmother was hailed a hero after attempting to save her grandson from the brutal stabbing earlier this week. Police were originally called to a horrific scene at a Moseley Street on Friday, where Local Area Commander Superintendent Robert Critchlow confirmed to reporters the boy was stabbed by a male relative. At the time, he described the attack as a “horrible and brutal” crime.
The 60-year-old is thought to have fled from a Pauls Place house, where the stabbing occurred, to nearby Moseley Street where she tried to seek help from neighbours. Despite her best efforts, the grandmother was unable to save her grandson and he passed away at Westmead Children’s hospital less than an hour later.
Police at the scene said the boy was “gravely injured” in the attack and described the level of violence as “horrendous” and “as bad as it gets”. The grandmother was also treated at the scene for shock.
The father is expected back in court next month and has not been granted bail.