What would cause a father to stab his 11-year-old son to death during a local junior cricket training?
That’s the question police and community members in south eastern Victoria are asking today after that exact scenario played out at a regional sports oval at around 6:30pm yesterday.
The boy has now been identified as Luke Batty. Luke was reportedly in grade six at Flinders Christian College.
Luke’s mother Rosie has now spoken to the media. In doing so, she expressed her absolute disbelief at what had happened to her son. She said that Luke’s dad Greg suffered from mental health issues and that he had been homeless for a number of years.
Rosie, who was at the cricket practice, said she initially thought Luke had been injured accidentally.
“What triggered this was a case of his dad having mental health issues, 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,” she said.
“No one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No one loved Luke more than me — we both loved him.”
“And what I want to share with you is, I’m the victim of family violence and if anything comes out of this, in want it to be a lesson to everybody.
“The only two people who love their son more than anyone, is their mother and father. And the very tragic thing about this is the father’s life was tragic and based on … challenges in his life that we couldn’t help him with and nor could anyone else.
Rosie said it was just a normal cricket practice and that Luke had asked to stay for a while longer to spend time with his dad. She said she had no reason to be concerned and that the intervention order – that had been taken out against Greg – allowed him to be there.