Milat’s relative charged with allegedly killing teen David Auchterlonie on his birthday


THE father of a teen allegedly murdered in Belanglo State Forest by a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat wished his son happy birthday hours before his body was found in a shallow grave.

David’s father, also named David gave permission to reveal his son’s name, has told of his anguish over his death on what was the 17-year-old’s birthday

UPDATE

A teenager today appeared before Goulburn Local Court today to face a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

Facts submitted to the court today alleged the four teens drove to the forest on Saturday afternoon with the intention of drinking and smoking cannabis.

The facts claim one of the teens chased and murdered Mr by hitting him to the back of the head with an axe.

Police earlier told the owner of a home that was searched that they were looking for an axe, possibly double-sided.

Police divers are still searching a small dam at Tahmoor in the southern highlands, for a possible murder weapon.

 

Arrest

Charged … The man arrested over the Belanglo Forest murder being led away by police.

Donna Auchterlonie

Donna Auchterlonie (R), the step-mother of David Auchterlonie, being comforted at Bowral Police Station.

David Auchterlonie

David Auchterlonie …. murder victim found in the Belanglo State Forest

THE father of a teen allegedly murdered in Belanglo State Forest by a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat wished his son happy birthday hours before his body was found in a shallow grave.

David’s father, also named David gave permission to reveal his son’s name, has told of his anguish over his death on what was the 17-year-old’s birthday

“I said to him, ‘Have a good night, be good and be safe’,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

“It was his birthday, this happened on his birthday,” he said, shaking his head.

His stepmother Donna Auchterlonie said she spoke to David about 4pm and he seemed in good spirits.

“He said he was fine, he was having a good day, and he would talk to me later,” she said.

The couple said they had no idea what may have motivated someone to allegedly murder their son.

“I just don’t get it,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

“I am in two minds about what I think.

“Why would you go into the bush at 8pm at night?”

Mr Auchterlonie said his son had known the accused killer for many years.

Shaking his head and wiping away tears, Mr Auchterlonie said he wanted answers he knows he may never get.

“I can’t explain this, I don’t know what this is about. None of it makes sense,” he said.

The teenager had left school in Year 10 and was not working at the time of his death.

“He’d been to TAFE and tried a few things … he was working out his place in life,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

The family said David wanted to get the most out of life.

“We took him to the snow last year and he wanted to go up the highest mountain, that was him,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

A relative of the accused was stunned to hear the man had been charged with a murder in the same forest where Milat had killed seven backpackers.

“He’s a blood relative of Ivan but has had no contact with Ivan in jail and was brought up as a normal human being. And as far as I know, he had never been to the forest,” she said.

Yesterday Milat’s teenage relative was charged with murder. Two other men, aged 18, were charged with being accessories to murder after the fact.

Police found the body of teen David Auchterlonie in a shallow grave in Belanglo State Forest on Sunday night after a tip-off.

Police believe he died some time between 9.45pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday.

Police will allege the group went into the forest some time after 6pm and allegedly consumed alcohol. Some time later, there was a fight and David was allegedly fatally attacked.

Empty beer bottles and marijuana were allegedly found at the scene.

The first anyone in the Milat family knew of a death in the forest was when police turned up at a property yesterday morning with a search warrant.

“They said they were searching for some sort of axe, possibly double-sided,” the Milat family member said.

“We were given very few other details, very few. I have no idea if Ivan has been told.”

The woman, a close relative of Ivan Milat’s, said no one could understand how the accused could be involved in anything like murder.

The relative was arrested and charged at 7.30am yesterday morning. During a brief appearance police made an application to carry out forensic procedures such as swabs of both hands, nail clippings, and photographs of scratches allegedly on the accused’s body.

Dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt he sat silently during the hearing and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

He was remanded to appear in the same court via video link on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Pamela Young of the Homicide Squad believes the actions of those arrested “led to the violent death of a boy in his late teens”. The teenager had died from head injuries.

“It would appear that they, certainly, are friends. We don’t have a reason [for the alleged murder] at this stage,” Insp Young said.

The man who tipped police off to the alleged murder, and is among those charged, was last night in protective custody.

His lawyer asked the magistrate to place his client in protection and suppress his name from the media: “My client went to police and is concerned about ramifications.”

Police are searching a dam near the forest for the alleged murder weapon.

Insp Young ruled out any link to the remains of a woman found in Belanglo in August.

She said police were shocked to find another body in the forest.

“We have all shaken our head about just the series of happenings down that way,” she said. “[The forest] has some isolation. I suppose it has some attraction to people.”

Ivan Milat is serving seven life sentences for the murder of five European and two Australian backpackers.

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Milat's relative charged with allegedly killing teen David Auchterlonie on his birthday


THE father of a teen allegedly murdered in Belanglo State Forest by a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat wished his son happy birthday hours before his body was found in a shallow grave.

David’s father, also named David gave permission to reveal his son’s name, has told of his anguish over his death on what was the 17-year-old’s birthday

UPDATE

A teenager today appeared before Goulburn Local Court today to face a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

Facts submitted to the court today alleged the four teens drove to the forest on Saturday afternoon with the intention of drinking and smoking cannabis.

The facts claim one of the teens chased and murdered Mr by hitting him to the back of the head with an axe.

Police earlier told the owner of a home that was searched that they were looking for an axe, possibly double-sided.

Police divers are still searching a small dam at Tahmoor in the southern highlands, for a possible murder weapon.

 

Arrest

Charged … The man arrested over the Belanglo Forest murder being led away by police.

Donna Auchterlonie

Donna Auchterlonie (R), the step-mother of David Auchterlonie, being comforted at Bowral Police Station.

David Auchterlonie

David Auchterlonie …. murder victim found in the Belanglo State Forest

THE father of a teen allegedly murdered in Belanglo State Forest by a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat wished his son happy birthday hours before his body was found in a shallow grave.

David’s father, also named David gave permission to reveal his son’s name, has told of his anguish over his death on what was the 17-year-old’s birthday

“I said to him, ‘Have a good night, be good and be safe’,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

“It was his birthday, this happened on his birthday,” he said, shaking his head.

His stepmother Donna Auchterlonie said she spoke to David about 4pm and he seemed in good spirits.

“He said he was fine, he was having a good day, and he would talk to me later,” she said.

The couple said they had no idea what may have motivated someone to allegedly murder their son.

“I just don’t get it,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

“I am in two minds about what I think.

“Why would you go into the bush at 8pm at night?”

Mr Auchterlonie said his son had known the accused killer for many years.

Shaking his head and wiping away tears, Mr Auchterlonie said he wanted answers he knows he may never get.

“I can’t explain this, I don’t know what this is about. None of it makes sense,” he said.

The teenager had left school in Year 10 and was not working at the time of his death.

“He’d been to TAFE and tried a few things … he was working out his place in life,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

The family said David wanted to get the most out of life.

“We took him to the snow last year and he wanted to go up the highest mountain, that was him,” Mr Auchterlonie said.

A relative of the accused was stunned to hear the man had been charged with a murder in the same forest where Milat had killed seven backpackers.

“He’s a blood relative of Ivan but has had no contact with Ivan in jail and was brought up as a normal human being. And as far as I know, he had never been to the forest,” she said.

Yesterday Milat’s teenage relative was charged with murder. Two other men, aged 18, were charged with being accessories to murder after the fact.

Police found the body of teen David Auchterlonie in a shallow grave in Belanglo State Forest on Sunday night after a tip-off.

Police believe he died some time between 9.45pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday.

Police will allege the group went into the forest some time after 6pm and allegedly consumed alcohol. Some time later, there was a fight and David was allegedly fatally attacked.

Empty beer bottles and marijuana were allegedly found at the scene.

The first anyone in the Milat family knew of a death in the forest was when police turned up at a property yesterday morning with a search warrant.

“They said they were searching for some sort of axe, possibly double-sided,” the Milat family member said.

“We were given very few other details, very few. I have no idea if Ivan has been told.”

The woman, a close relative of Ivan Milat’s, said no one could understand how the accused could be involved in anything like murder.

The relative was arrested and charged at 7.30am yesterday morning. During a brief appearance police made an application to carry out forensic procedures such as swabs of both hands, nail clippings, and photographs of scratches allegedly on the accused’s body.

Dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt he sat silently during the hearing and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

He was remanded to appear in the same court via video link on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Pamela Young of the Homicide Squad believes the actions of those arrested “led to the violent death of a boy in his late teens”. The teenager had died from head injuries.

“It would appear that they, certainly, are friends. We don’t have a reason [for the alleged murder] at this stage,” Insp Young said.

The man who tipped police off to the alleged murder, and is among those charged, was last night in protective custody.

His lawyer asked the magistrate to place his client in protection and suppress his name from the media: “My client went to police and is concerned about ramifications.”

Police are searching a dam near the forest for the alleged murder weapon.

Insp Young ruled out any link to the remains of a woman found in Belanglo in August.

She said police were shocked to find another body in the forest.

“We have all shaken our head about just the series of happenings down that way,” she said. “[The forest] has some isolation. I suppose it has some attraction to people.”

Ivan Milat is serving seven life sentences for the murder of five European and two Australian backpackers.

Belanglo killer is serial killer Ivan Milat’s relative


Wow, I was told this earlier today and thought no way what are the odds, but it seems true! More details to come, main story here

I mean the young person accused of the murder is what 17/18? Ivan Milat was arrested  22 May 1994. That is 16 years ago, meaning the kid was what 3yrs old or something off the top of my head!!!!

The sickening reaction to the murder came as a court heard gruesome details of how a teenage male relative of Milat’s allegedly lured the victim to the Belanglo forest, chased him around the car with a double-bladed axe, and then fatally struck him on the head.

Police allege Milat’s relative had been pressuring a number of friends to accompany him to the notorious forest for up to a week before the killing on Saturday night.

Two other men, Cohen Klein, 18, and another 18-year-old man who cannot be identified, told police they cowered in the car after they allegedly witnessed Milat’s relative strike David to the left side of his body, then chase him with the axe along a dirt track into the bush.

While in the bushland, it is alleged Milat’s relative took another swing with the axe and fatally struck David in the back of his head.

Police allege the killer then directed Klein and the other man to help him dispose of David’s body and to cover it with debris.

Both men have been charged with being accessories after the fact to murder and refused bail.

A RELATIVE of serial killer Ivan Milat has been charged with the murder of a friend in the Belanglo State Forest.

Police found the body of a male in a shallow grave last night in the southern highlands of NSW, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Two others – also friends of the victim – have been charged.

The accused faced court briefly this afternoon, where police applied for him to undergo forensic procedures.

These include swabs of both hands, nail clippings, and photographs of scratches allegedly on the victim’s body.

The police charge sheet stated that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died from serious head wounds southeast of Belanglo State Forest between 9.45pm on Saturday and 6pm yesterday.

Detectives located the body of the victim buried in the grave beside a dirt road about 1km from the Hume Highway at 8.30pm last night.

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Belanglo killer is serial killer Ivan Milat's relative


Wow, I was told this earlier today and thought no way what are the odds, but it seems true! More details to come, main story here

I mean the young person accused of the murder is what 17/18? Ivan Milat was arrested  22 May 1994. That is 16 years ago, meaning the kid was what 3yrs old or something off the top of my head!!!!

The sickening reaction to the murder came as a court heard gruesome details of how a teenage male relative of Milat’s allegedly lured the victim to the Belanglo forest, chased him around the car with a double-bladed axe, and then fatally struck him on the head.

Police allege Milat’s relative had been pressuring a number of friends to accompany him to the notorious forest for up to a week before the killing on Saturday night.

Two other men, Cohen Klein, 18, and another 18-year-old man who cannot be identified, told police they cowered in the car after they allegedly witnessed Milat’s relative strike David to the left side of his body, then chase him with the axe along a dirt track into the bush.

While in the bushland, it is alleged Milat’s relative took another swing with the axe and fatally struck David in the back of his head.

Police allege the killer then directed Klein and the other man to help him dispose of David’s body and to cover it with debris.

Both men have been charged with being accessories after the fact to murder and refused bail.

A RELATIVE of serial killer Ivan Milat has been charged with the murder of a friend in the Belanglo State Forest.

Police found the body of a male in a shallow grave last night in the southern highlands of NSW, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Two others – also friends of the victim – have been charged.

The accused faced court briefly this afternoon, where police applied for him to undergo forensic procedures.

These include swabs of both hands, nail clippings, and photographs of scratches allegedly on the victim’s body.

The police charge sheet stated that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died from serious head wounds southeast of Belanglo State Forest between 9.45pm on Saturday and 6pm yesterday.

Detectives located the body of the victim buried in the grave beside a dirt road about 1km from the Hume Highway at 8.30pm last night.

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Backpacker Murders-Ivan Milat


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The Backpacker Murders is a name given to serial killings that occurred in New South Wales, Australia during the 1990s. The bodies of seven missing young people aged 19 to 22 were discovered partly buried in the Belanglo State Forest, 15 kilometres south west of the New South Wales town of Berrima. Five of the victims were international backpackers visiting Australia (three German, two British), and two were Australian travellers from Melbourne.

Ivan Milat was convicted of the murders and is serving seven consecutive life sentences plus 18 years.

The events depicted in the 2005 Australian horror film Wolf Creek were loosely based upon his crimes.

Details

First and second cases

On 20 September 1992 a group of orienteers discovered a decaying corpse while orienteering in the Belanglo State Forest. The following day, police constables Roger Gough and Suzanne Roberts discovered a second body 30 metres from the first. Early media reports suggested that the bodies were of missing British backpackers Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters, who had disappeared from the inner Sydney suburb of Kings Cross in April 1992. However a German couple, Gabor Neugebauer and Anja Habschied, had also disappeared from the Kings Cross area sometime after Christmas, 1991 and Simone Schmidl, also from Germany, had been reported missing for more than a year. It was also possible that the bodies were of a young Victorian couple, Deborah Everist and James Gibson, who had been missing since leaving Frankston in 1989.

A sign at the entrance to the Belanglo State Forest

Police quickly confirmed, however, that the bodies were those of Clarke and Walters. Walters had been stabbed 9 times, and Clarke had been shot several times in the head. Despite a thorough search of the forest over the following five days, no further evidence or bodies were found by police. Investigators ruled out the possibility of further discoveries within Belanglo State Forest.

Third and fourth discoveries and body identification

In October 1993, a local man, Bruce Pryor, discovered a human skull and thigh bone in a particularly remote section of the forest.[3] He returned with police to the scene and two more bodies were quickly discovered and identified as Deborah Everist and James Gibson. The presence of Gibson’s body in Belanglo was a puzzle to investigators as his backpack and camera had previously been discovered by the side of the road at Galston Gorge, in the northern Sydney suburbs almost 100 kilometres to the north.

Fifth, sixth and seventh discoveries

On 1 November 1993 a skull was found in a clearing in the forest by police sergeant Jeff Trichter. The skull was later identified as that of Simone Schmidl from Regensburg, Germany. She had been last seen hitch hiking on 20 January 1991. Clothing found at the scene was not Schmidl’s, but matched that of another missing backpacker, Anja Habschied. Simone Schmidl was found to have died from numerous stab wounds to the upper torso.

The bodies of Habschied and her boyfriend Gabor Neugebauer were found on 3 November 1993 in shallow graves 50 metres apart. They had, like the other victims, been shot and/or stabbed.

Search for the identity of the serial killer

There were similar aspects to all the murders. Each of the bodies had been deliberately posed face-down with their hands behind their backs, covered by a pyramidal frame of sticks and ferns. Forensic study determined that each had suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso. The killer had evidently spent considerable time with the victims both during and after the murders, as campsites were discovered close to the location of each body and shell casings of the same calibre were also identified at each site. Joanne Walters and Simone Schmidl had been stabbed, whereas Caroline Clarke had been shot numerous times in the head and stabbed post mortem. Anja Habschied had been decapitated and other victims showed signs of strangulation and severe beatings. Speculation arose that the crimes were the work of several killers, at least two, and Ivan Milat’s sworn statement had suggested anywhere up to seven people were involved.

On 13 November, police received a call from Paul Onions in Britain. Onions had been backpacking in Australia several years before and had accepted a ride south out of Sydney from a man known only as “Bill” on 25 January 1990. South of the town of Mittagong, Bill pulled a gun on Onions who managed to escape, flag down Joanne Berry, a passing motorist, and report the assault to local police. Onions’ statement was backed up by another one from Berry, who also contacted the investigation, along with the girlfriend of a man who worked with Ivan Milat, who thought he should be questioned over the case.

Ivan Milat, serial killer, A crazy man from a crazy family

Ivan Milat

Arrest

Milat quickly became a suspect. Police learned he had served prison time and in 1971 had been charged with the abduction of two women and the rape of one of them, although the charges were later dropped. It was also learned that both he and his brother Richard worked together on road gangs along the highway between Sydney and Melbourne, that he owned a property in the vicinity of Belanglo, and had sold a Nissan Patrol four-wheel drive vehicle shortly after the discovery of the bodies of Clarke and Walters. Acquaintances also told police about Milat’s obsession with weapons. When the connection between Onions and the Belanglo murders was finally made, Onions was asked to fly to Australia to help with the investigation.

On 5 May 1994, Onions positively identified Milat as the man who had picked him up and attempted to tie up and possibly shoot him.Milat was arrested on 22 May 1994 at his home at Cinnebar Street, Eagle Vale, a northern suburb of Campbelltown, New South Wales after 50 police officers surrounded the premises including heavily armed officers from the Tactical Operations Unit . Homes belonging to his brothers Richard, Alex, Boris, Walter and Bill were also searched at the same time by over 300 police. The search of Ivan Milat’s home revealed a cache of weapons, including parts of a .22 calibre rifle that matched the type used in the murders, plus clothing, camping equipment and cameras belonging to several of his victims.

Milat appeared in court on robbery and weapon charges on 23 May. He did not enter a plea. On 30 May, following continued police investigations, Milat was also charged with the murders of seven backpackers. At the beginning of February 1995 Milat was remanded in custody until June that same year. In March 1996 the trial finally opened. Milat’s trial lasted fifteen weeks. His defence argued that in spite of the amount of evidence, there was no proof Ivan Milat was guilty and attempted to shift the blame to other members of his family, particularly Richard.

On 27 July 1996, a jury found Ivan Milat guilty of the murders. He was also convicted of the attempted murder, false imprisonment and robbery of Paul Onions, for which he received six years’ jail each. For the murders of Caroline Clarke, Joanne Walters, Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied, Gabor Neugebauer, James Gibson and Deborah Everist, Milat was given a life sentence on each count, with all sentences running consecutively and without the possibility of parole.

On his first day in Maitland Gaol, he was beaten by another inmate. Almost a year later, he made an escape attempt alongside convicted drug dealer and former Sydney councillor George Savvas. Savvas was found hanged in his cell the next day and Milat was transferred to the maximum-security super prison in Goulburn, New South Wales.

Appeals

Ivan Milat appealed against his convictions on the grounds that the quality of legal representation he had received was too poor, and therefore constituted a breach of his common law right to legal representation, established in the landmark case of Dietrich v The Queen. However, Gleeson CJ, Meagher JA and Newman J of the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal held that the right to legal representation did not depend on any level or quality of representation, unless the quality of representation were so poor that the accused were no better off with it. The Court found that this was not the case, and therefore dismissed the appeal

In 2004, Milat filed an application with the High Court and which was heard by Justice McHugh. The orders sought were that Milat be allowed to either attend to make oral submissions in an impending appeal for special leave to the court and that, alternatively, he be allowed to appear via video link. The application was dismissed on the grounds that the issues raised could be adequately addressed by written submission.

The grounds of his impending appeal were that the trial judge had erred by allowing the Crown to put a case to the jury unsupported by its own witnesses and had also put forward alternative cases to the jury, one of which had not been argued by the Crown. McHugh J indicated that this appeal may be defeated because it has been brought out of time

Self-inflicted injury

A good use for Milat’s severed finger maybe?

On 26 January 2009, Milat cut off his little finger with a plastic knife, with the intention of mailing the severed digit to the High Court. He was taken to Goulburn Hospital under high security, however, on 27 January 2009, Milat was returned to prison after doctors decided surgery to reattach the finger was not possible

This was not the first time Milat had injured himself while in prison. In the past, he swallowed razor blades, staples and other metal objects.

“Ivan Milat – Australian – Serial Killer – Documentary”