A man accused of murdering his father at his home in South Murwillumbah in June last year shed tears during his brief appearance at Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Local media reported that Michael Martin, 25, who stands accused of the stabbing murder of his 46-year-old father who bore the same name, mouthed ‘I love you’ to family members from the dock before being led away.
Mr Martin Snr, who had only the day before returned home after being hospitalised following a previous attempt on his life, was bashed and stabbed to death on Friday June 13 last year.
Just nine days ago, Michael Martin Jnr told a media conference he feared he would ‘never see my family again’ after he claimed to have been tied up while his father was hacked to death in the adjoining room.
He implored anyone with information about the killing to come forward.
Mr Martin Jnr has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance next month.
An unrelated woman, Jessica Fallon, aged 21, has been charged with the previous attempt on Mr Martin’s life in April last year.