Australian dad charged with killing his children in fire

July 11, 2024 4:59 pm

[Source: BBC]

An Australian father has been charged with murdering three of his children and attempting to kill the rest of his family in a house fire.

A five-month-old girl, a two-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy died in the blaze. Three boys – aged four, seven and 11 – and a nine-year-old girl survived, along with their mother.

The 28-year-old man is facing three counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and one charge of destroying property. He remains in hospital under police guard.

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The fire has horrified the country and comes at a time when Australia’s government has declared domestic and family violence a “national crisis”.

The father – who police allege started the inferno and then blocked rescue attempts – will face court on Thursday, appearing remotely in a bedside hearing.

The alleged attack took place around 01:00 (15:00 GMT) in Western Sydney on Sunday morning, according to witnesses, police, and emergency services.

Neighbours and first responders helped rescue the four surviving children and their mother. The two- and six-year-old boys made it out of the house in a critical condition, but died in hospital a short time later. The five-month-old baby girl was found deceased.

The mother and her four surviving children are all in a stable condition, according to police.