teen set to face court after being charged over scientology stabbing in sydney

Teen set to face court after being charged over Scientology stabbing in Sydney

Australia

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.

Man dies after stabbing at Scientology HQ in north Sydney

The man, described as a “beloved” member of the Scientology church, died in hospital later that day.

A 30-year-old man also injured in the attack has been discharged from hospital after being treated for minor injuries.

AAP has been told the accused was 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 now been charged with murder, common assault (DV), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

He’s been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court on Saturday.