Son bludgeoned parents to death with pick hammer

Myles Taylor used a hammer to kill his parents. Picture: Supplied/Facebook

After Myles Taylor bludgeoned his parents to death with a geological pick hammer he called triple-0 and requested a police car come to their home.

He told the operator: “I’ve just killed my parents.”

When he was asked what happened, he replied: “I think everyone knows, but yeah, you just probably wanna (sic) send a cop car around here.”

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Taylor, 36, stood trial in the West Australian Supreme Court charged with murdering his 65-year-old father Michael and 64-year-old mother Lesley in the lounge room of their Hocking home in April last year.

But on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Derrick, who presided over the trial without a jury, ruled Taylor was not guilty of double murder because he was of unsound mind at the time.

Justice Derrick said during the call to triple-0 Taylor spoke in a matter-of-fact, relatively calm and friendly way.

“In short, the way in which the accused spoke to the operator and reported what had occurred was completely incongruous with what he had just done and his situation generally,” he said.

Days before the killings, Taylor called police because he was seeing faces in the bed sheets and birds on the walls.

When police did a welfare check, his parents expressed some concerns about their son and were told they could apply for a family violence restraining order.

After the killings, Taylor had a shower before police arrived and he did not resist arrest.

Myles Taylor was found not guilty of double murder. Picture: Supplied/Facebook
Myles Taylor was found not guilty of double murder. Picture: Supplied/Facebook

In an interview with police, Taylor said he had been consuming methylamphetamine since he was 16.

He also said he had been hearing voices since he was 17 and it had become worse in the 10 months before the killings.

Taylor described seeing things in bed sheets, carpets, clouds, walking through walls and while watching television. Sometimes he saw dragons and demons, he added.

Justice Derrick said Taylor answered all of the police questions in a forthright, relatively detailed and matter-of-fact manner.

“He appeared detached, unemotional and relatively calm,” the judge said.

“He did not give any indication that he appreciated the gravity of what he had done or the situation in which he was in.

“In short, his demeanour was entirely incongruous with his situation.”

Following the evidence of psychiatrists who concluded Taylor was suffering from schizophrenia, Justice Derrick said he was satisfied Taylor was in such a state of mental impairment as to be deprived of the capacity to control his actions and know that he ought not to do the acts.

“The accused has consistently maintained that he killed his parents because he wanted to stop the voices that he was hearing because he believed that the deceased were responsible for, or in some way involved in, the phenomena that he was experiencing and because he believed that his parents posed a risk to himself and others,” Justice Derrick said.

“The accused was, at the time of killing the deceased, suffering from the auditory hallucinations and delusional beliefs.

“The accused’s auditory hallucinations and delusional beliefs were the product of his mental impairment, his paranoid schizophrenia.”

Justice Derrick imposed a custody order on Taylor, which means he will be detained in a hospital or other facility indefinitely.


Angie Raphael has almost two decades of experience as a journalist. Angie began her career in regional and community newspapers, then worked at the Australian Associated Press for 10 years before joining NCA Ne… Read more

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