An 11-year-old was beaten to death with a cricket bat by his father, who was then shot dead by police as children looked on.
Luke Batty died from head injuries after a cricket training session at a suburban oval in Melbourne on Wednesday, ABC News reports.
His father Greg was shot at the scene by police and later died in hospital.
The 54-year-old had a history of mental illness and was the subject of an apprehended violence order, his estranged wife Rosie revealed.
Rosie was at the scene when the incident occurred and revealed Luke had begged for a few more minutes to play with his dad, whom he rarely saw, before the attack.
She told the Herald Sun: “What trigged this was a case of his dad having mental health issues.
“He was in a homeless situation for many years, his life was failing, everything was becoming worse in his life and Luke was the only bright light in his life.
“No one loved Luke more than his father. No one loved Luke more than me – we both loved him.”
According to The Telegraph, police believe the attack may have been a calculated act by the 54-year-old.Suggest a correction