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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Belanglo Forest claims another life


Update tonight-Alleged killer is a relative of Ivan Milat, the backpacker serial killer…This is astonishing news

A TEEN found dead in a shallow grave in the killing fields of notorious serial killer Ivan Milat was allegedly slain by three mates, police allege.


Belanglo State Forest, claims another life

Police discovered the body, in a shallow grave and covered with debris, in the killing fields of the the notorious serial killer Ivan Milat following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Acting police commander Pamela Young, from the homicide squad, confirmed today that all four teenagers knew each other and were believed to have gone to the forest together.

“It would appear that they, certainly, are friends,” the chief inspector said.

Police made the arrests after the body was found in the forest about 8.30pm last night.

Police would not say if the arrest was connected to the discovery of a young woman’s body in the forest two months ago.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Goulburn Local Area Command  arrested three teenagers last night and this morning.

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Police search the crime scene in the Belanglo State Forest in the NSW Southern Highlands.

At 11pm last night police arrested an 18-year-old man in Bowral and another two teenagers were arrested this morning.

About 7.30am this morning a 17-year-old boy was arrested at Bargo, while another 18-year-old man was arrested at Bargo a few hours later.

All three are expected to be charged and appear in court later today.

Forensic police and detectives spent the night going through the crime scene and still have a section of the forest cordoned off.

In a police conference held today, Ms Young said the body had not been in the forest long, and that the discovery was made after local police followed a tip-off last night.

She said the scene of the crime suggested the teenager was killed in the forest with some type of weapon, but not a gun, and said a post-mortem would clarify the cause of death.

She said police still had more questions for the three men, who appeared to be friends, despite “a level of cooperation” by the teens, who had “family ties” in the area.

“What we’re alleging is that their actions led to the death of the boy in his late teens,” Ms Young said.

And she said the body had not been found near areas Milat had been known to dispose of bodies.

Ms Young also said the dead youth had not been subject to a missing persons or anonymous report.

A crime scene examination was carried out overnight in the bushland south of Sydney and an 18-year-old man was arrested at Bowral at 11pm.

They were taken to Bowral police station and charges are expected to be laid.

On September 1 this year a woman’s skeletal remains were also found in the Belanglo Forest .

Police believe the young woman aged in her late teens or twenties was murdered.

The NSW Belanglo forest has a sordid history.

The bones of a young woman – aged between 15 and 25 – were discovered by motorbike trail riders on August 29.

Forensic testing indicated those remains had been there for less than 12 years, ruling out the possibility that Ivan Milat was the killer.

The Belanglo forest was Milat’s killing ground. He partly buried seven young victims there in the early 1990s.

Insp Young said the boy’s body was found in a different part of the forest to where Milat dumped his victims.