WA family murder accused, Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts, found not guilty

A Perth man who was experiencing hallucinations and delusions when he fatally stabbed his mom, eight-year-old brother and 15-year-old sister has been acquitted of their murder on the idea that he was of unsound thoughts.

Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts, 21, killed his mom Michelle Petersen, 48, brother Rua and sister Bella at their Ellenbrook residence on July 15, 2018.

He confronted a judge-alone trial within the WA Supreme Courtroom after pleading not guilty to their murders on madness grounds.

Chief Justice Peter Quinlan on Monday stated he was happy past affordable doubt that Petersen-Crofts had killed his family members however that he was not criminally accountable for doing so due to his psychological sickness.

Petersen-Crofts, who has been identified with schizophrenia and is being supported by family members, will proceed to be detained in a safe psychiatric facility.

Justice Quinlan stated he was happy that Petersen-Crofts had been disadvantaged of the capability to regulate his actions on the time of the killings.

He accepted that Petersen-Crofts had skilled hallucinations and delusions together with “instructions and directions” from numerous deities.

“The voices have been telling you that you have to kill your family to avoid wasting your self and to avoid wasting the world,” Justice Quinlan stated.

“These instructions have been delusions however I discover they have been actual to you on the time, as actual as I’m chatting with you now.”

Family murder scene in Ellenbrook, Perth (file image)
Teancum Petersen-Crofts was “listening to from deities” earlier than fatally stabbing his family of their residence. Credit score: AAP