Double-murder accused to stay behind bars

Double-murder accused to stay behind bars

A 35-year-old man charged with the stabbing murder of his mother and seven-year-old nephew in Sydney’s west will remain behind bars at least until November.

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The man, who is also charged with assaulting police, did not appear and bail was formally refused at Blacktown Local Court on Wednesday.

A 63-year-old grandmother’s body was found on the front lawn of a property in Lalor Park on Tuesday night while her seven-year-old grandson’s body was discovered in the front yard of an adjoining property.

Magistrate Timothy Keady adjourned the matter until November 6.

Police will allege the accused murdered both victims “between 10.30pm and 10.45pm” on Tuesday night and the attacks were domestic violence-related.

They said officers were called to a Kennedy Parade home about 11pm on Tuesday and subdued and disarmed a man before arresting him and taking him to Blacktown police station.

“The injuries relating to the lady were quite significant and horrific and any injury to a young child is always going to be horrific as well,” Detective Superintendent Gary Merryweather told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

Three family members, aged between 10 and 19, witnessed the attacks with police saying they have been left traumatised.

“It was a very horrific sort of incident and unfortunately it was witnessed by other children who were at the premises,” Det Supt Merryweather said.

A close family friend, who arrived at Kennedy Parade with flowers shortly after 11am on Wednesday, described the grandmother as selfless.

“She did everything for everybody,” the 33-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, told AAP.

The woman said she had known the family for more than two decades.

“What do you do after something like this happens?” she said.

“(The grandmother) has been like a rock to everybody. She’s an amazing lady.”

“She didn’t have much but she made sure those kids had everything.”

When asked if ice played a role in the attack, Det Supt Merryweather added: “That’s one of the lines of inquiry that we’ll examine and be able to present later to court.”

The area is known for its drug problems with locals saying there are up to three ice dealers on any given street.

“Ice is a big problem,” one local woman said.

“There’s one (dealer) on my street.

“There’s one on this street (Kennedy Parade).”