A TEENAGER yesterday relived the terrifying moment he saw an autistic 14-year-old bludgeoned to death with an axe.
Giving evidence during a committal hearing for the three people charged over Timothy O’Brien’s death, the male – who was 17 at the time – said Joel Henderson, 40, allegedly screamed for the boy to die during the frenzied attack.
“Die ****, die,” Henderson is alleged to have screamed as he continued to strike Timothy with an axe.
“I saw the axe go up in the air, saw it go in, and he kept going and going, and he wouldn’t stop,” the witness told Ballarat Magistrates Court.
“I ran over and tried to get him off.
“And then he (Henderson) just sat up, and sat there, covered in blood. I knew it was too late.”
The witness told the court Timothy had tried to run to his stepfather’s car before Henderson grabbed
him and began to attack him.
“I said to him, ‘he was autistic and only 14,’ and he said, ‘I don’t care I’d rather go to jail for this’,” the witness said.
Timothy, armed with a baseball bat, was killed after going to the aid of his stepfather, Peter Williams, who had allegedly been lured to the Scarsdale farmhouse to be bashed.
Henderson, Darren Wilson, 33 and Lisa Trezise, 29, all of Ballarat, are charged with murder.
All three allegedly hatched a plan with a teenage girl, who lived at the farmhouse, to lure Mr Williams there to be bashed under the pretence there were prowlers at the property.
The same witness, who had been living at the property with his girlfriend and the other teenage girl, said the girl who allegedly lured Mr Williams to the property had been using the drug ice in the days leading up to the incident.
He told the court the girl had not slept for three days.
The five-day committal hearing before magistrate Michelle Hodgson continues.