The son of an elderly couple who were found dead at their home in southern Sydney on Tuesday morning remains under police guard in hospital after being arrested in relation to their deaths earlier today, according to NSW Police.
The bodies of the 71-year-old woman and her 75-year-old husband were discovered at the property in the suburb of Sutherland by police who responded to a concern for welfare at around 8am.
According to NSW Police, a man – believed to be the deceased couple’s 46-year-old son – is thought to have made the 000 call and had lived at the property with his parents for most of his life.
Police arrived at the property on Tudar Road where they found the deceased couple, both with a number of injuries to their bodies. A 46-year-old man, reported widely to be the son of the couple, was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital under police guard to undergo treatment for non life-threatening injuries.
“Whilst formal identification is yet to be completed, the deceased are believed to be the man’s 71-year-old mother and 75-year-old father,” NSW Police confirmed in a statement.
Speaking to media about the deaths, Detective Superintendent Jason Box said the man in question has made “certain comments” and “admissions” about the incident.
“He’s made certain comments to police at the scene at the time and since he’s been at the hospital and that is something the detectives are following up at this time,” he explained.
Further clarifying to reporters: “Admissions that he was there and involved to a certain extent.”
Meanwhile, Box also explained the couple’s other middle-aged son has been informed of the deaths of his parents. The detective also commended the officers who arrived at the scene to find the couple, explaining it wasn’t what they were expecting.
“While they’re trained to expect the worst walking in to see that scenario was quite confronting,” he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.