Teen charged with murder after man stabbed to death at Sydney Scientology centre
The centre in Chatswood is the ‘spiritual headquarters’ for Australasia, according to the church. (ABC News: Jonathan Hair)
A teenage boy has been charged with murder after an alleged stabbing attack at the Australasian Scientology headquarters in Sydney’s north.
The 16-year-old boy, who was removed from the Chatswood centre over an earlier domestic altercation, allegedly stabbed a 24-year-old Taiwanese national on the driveway.
The victim was stabbed in the neck and died shortly after in the Royal North Shore Hospital.
The Church of Scientology said the deceased was a “beloved member” and the incident was a “very unfortunate matter”.
The teenager also allegedly stabbed the hand of a 30-year-old man who has since been discharged from hospital.
Officers drew tasers on the boy but they were not discharged as he cooperated with orders to drop his knife.
The teenager has also been charged with common assault (domestic violence), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
He has been refused bail and will appear in the Children’s Court in Sydney today.
The Scientology centre in Chatswood is spread over 13,500 square metres and is the largest facility outside the United States.
It houses 60 auditing rooms where members are rid of “spiritual disabilities”.