A teenage boy has been charged with the stabbing murder of a Church of Scientology member at the organisation’s Australasian headquarters in Sydney.
The 16-year-old was charged in the early hours of Saturday, two days after he allegedly fatally stabbed a 24-year-old Taiwanese national with a 25cm kitchen knife.
The victim was attempting to escort the teen down the driveway of the Chatswood Scientology headquarters on Thursday afternoon when he was attacked, police say.
The man, described as a “beloved” member of the Scientology church, died in hospital later that day.
A 30-year-old man, who was also injured in the attack, has been discharged from hospital after being treated for minor injuries.
The accused was said to have been visiting the centre where his mother was to undergo a “purification ceremony”.
It’s understood the victim was a parishioner studying at the centre.
The 13,500 square metre building at Chatswood – which was opened in September 2016 – is the largest Scientology centre outside the United States.
The boy has been charged with murder, common assault (DV), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court on Saturday.