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Young boys in Royal Children's after apparent murder-suicide attempt

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 7 December, 2012 - 7:16 AM
Two young boys in the Royal Children's after apparent murder suicide attempt. <i>(Photo: John Gollings)</i>

A 49-year-old man is in a critical condition in Hobart hospital after an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

Police said it appeared the Burnie man piled gas cylinders and accelerant under a car before climbing inside with his two young sons and setting the vehicle alight.

Neighbours managed to drag the trio from the car after the gas cylinders exploded.

The boys, aged 5 and 8, suffered severe burns and have been flown to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital for treatment. Acting Detective Inspector Stuart Wilkinson says it's a very disturbing case.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • How does AW get away with allowing people to comment on the guilt / innocence of people involved in matters that may before a court?
    Because its in Tassie?

    AW spend a lot of time policing other media outlets, perhaps should start inside your Spencer St Palace.

    Not one of the media elite Monday 10 December, 2012 - 9:49 AM
  • Does it get any more horrific than this?

    Lukew Friday 7 December, 2012 - 1:05 PM
  • Absolutely dreadful. I suppose this father will use the usual defence that he was not in his right mind when he did this. Bulls**t there is no defence for anyone who attempts to take his/her childrens' lives and because of the way he went about it there was definate planning it was not spontaneous, he should be tried for attempted murder and receive the full penalty that goes with it. We wait with bated breath 'cos that just won't happen the courts are too lenient in their sentencing of this sort of crime.

    GIW Friday 7 December, 2012 - 9:49 AM
  • why do people feel they need to drag their children down with them

    Lisa Friday 7 December, 2012 - 9:34 AM

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