UK Father Beats Eleven Year Old Son To Death
Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 01:36 PM CST
A British mom has revealed the horror of watching her ex-partner stab and beat their 11-year-old son to death with a cricket bat at sports practice in Australia.
Police shot Luke Batt's father Greg in an attempt to halt the frenzied attack, but the young boy was pronounced dead at the scene and his father died later in hospital.
Horrified parents and children who were gathered at the ground for evening cricket training watched the Greg attack his son with a knife and cricket bat on Wednesday evening at Tyabb Cricket Ground, in Victoria.
10Rosie Batty, right, a British mother has revealed the horror of watching her young son Luke, left, being stabbed and beaten to death by his father at a sports practice in Australia
Today Luke's mother Rosie Batty, who lives in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, said she believes the boy's father loved him, but had mental health issues.
Describing the moments leading up to her son's death she said 'Luke came to me and said, 'Could I have a few more minutes with my dad?' because he doesn't see him very often and I said, 'Sure, OK.'
'It was just a little cricket practice, there were people there, I believed he was safe,' said Mrs Batty, 52.
Luke and his mother at her recent birthday celebrations
Luke was a keen cricketer and had been playing with his father just moments before he was killed
'I looked for help, and I ran towards help and screaming, 'Get an ambulance, get an ambulance, this is bad, this is really, really bad,' she said.
'From what I could see, Luke had been injured. I thought it was an accident, I had no reason to think otherwise.'
'What triggered this was a case of his dad having mental health issues,' she said.
'He was in a homelessness 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.'
Recounting the horrific incident, she added: 'It was just a normal cricket practice and most of the kids and their parents had gone.British mother's horror as ex-partner beats their son to death
Police arrived on the scene and attempted to subdue the man with capsicum spray. When that did not work and the boy's father began threatening police with a knife they shot him It is believed the man intended 'suicide-by-police'. After he was shot, the man was taken to hospital, but he died later that night
'Luke came to me and said could I have a few more minutes with my dad because he doesn’t see him very often and I said yes, sure, that’s OK.
'There’s no reason for me to be concerned, there was no reason to be concerned, I thought it was in an open environment - that’s something I have to understand.'
Ms Batty, who is originally from Lincoln in England said that police told her it was a calculated act that would have occurred at some point.
The horrific attack unfolded at around 6.30pm in an outer suburb of Melbourne on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Tyabb is a quiet township with a country fire station, a railway station and three small primary schools including Flinders Christian Community College, where the boy was a sixth grade pupil.Disbelief: Luke Batty was in Year Six at a local primary school and his death has rocked his school community Horrific: The attack was witnessed by several people, including children, who had just finished cricket practice at the pitch
Witnesses said the father turned on them with the knife, forcing one of the officers to shoot him in the chest.
Local police from Mornington station arrived on the scene at 6.40pm, when four officers confronted the man and tried unsuccessfully to subdue him with capsicum spray.
As the news was broadcast, horrified Australians have begun posting tributes to the boy on social media.
Paramedics tried to save the boy, but he died at the scene from severe head injuries.
An emergency services helicopter took the father to the Alfred hospital, where the man died at around 1.30am on Thursday.
Victoria Police commander Doug Fryer confirmed the 'male that the police shot was the father of the deceased boy'.The suburban sports ground on Australia's picturesque Mornington Peninsula where an estranged father stabbed his 11-year-old son and beat him to death with a cricket bat. Paramedics tried to save the boy, but he died at the scene from head injuries
Horrified parents and children watched on as the 54-year-old man attacked his son with a knife and a cricket bat during an evening cricket training session in the outer Melbourne township of Tyabb
'They’ve attempted to use less than lethal force, ' Commander Fryer said. 'They’ve attempted to talk him down. That has been unsuccessful.
'They have then discharged a firearm, hitting that male once in the chest.
'We’ve had an absolute tragedy here tonight. It’s a horrific scene.'
Police later interviewed witnesses, including young children.
The incident has shocked the local community, with one resident describing how 'a shiver' ran down his spine when he heard 'a couple of pops' and realised they were gunshots.
Tyabb Cricket Club’s junior cricket co-ordinator, Ron Dyall, said the boy had played for the club for two or three years and was also an avid footballer.
Mr Dyall said he was devastated by what had happened.
'My own son plays in [the boy's] team. I’m trying to figure out how to break it to him, and how we’re gonna deal with the kids.'
The Victorian Homicide Squad will conduct an investigation into the deaths.