Scientology Stabbing Murder - 16yo charged & refused bail

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A teenage boy has been charged with murder after a Church of Scientology member was stabbed to death at the organisation’s Australasian headquarters on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

The 16-year-old, who is the son of a Scientologist, has now been charged with murder, common assault (DV), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

It is now understood the boy — who is not a member of the church himself — wanted to stop his Scientologist mother undergoing a a controversial and intense “purification” process that claims to rid the body of drugs and toxins to reach a spiritual high. They'd had an argument about this the night prior.

The boy is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the neck with a large kitchen knife while being escorted from the Scientology centre in Chatswood on the afternoon of January 3. The incident is alleged to have occurred on the driveway to the church after the 16-year-old was asked to leave.
Police said the teen was escorted from the premises — and as he was taken down the road a 25cm “very sharp kitchen knife” was allegedly produced.

The victim, Taiwanese national Chih-Jen Yeh, subsequently died in hospital.
A 30-year-old man also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

The Purification Process

According to the church’s website, the ritual “enables an individual to rid himself of the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being”.
“We live in a chemical-oriented society. Virtually everyone is regularly subjected to an intake of food preservatives, pesticides, atmospheric poisons and the like,” it reads. “Add to this the panoply of medical and street drugs generally consumed and the gravity of the problem becomes obvious.
“These drugs and toxins can put an individual into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health, but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”
However, the ritual, which costs church-goers thousands of dollars has been debunked by independent doctors and, in a an investigation by the New York Press some explicitly described it as dangerous.


Followers take courses in purification to rid them of “toxic residues” and attend “auditing” sessions costing thousands of dollars to help them overcome their past and ascend to a higher level of existence.
This involves a tightly supervised regimen of exercise, sauna and nutrition.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-05/man-charged-with-murder-over-scientology-stabbings/10686814
https://www.news.com.au/national/ns...g/news-story/ee769432cc3163bc3ca0f524ca5553d9



I don't know what he was doing wrong at the time to be handled by Scientology goons and escorted from the building and away from his mother but I think a 16 year old might have been better dealt with.
 

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I haven't read extensively on this yet but it looks like the organisation has gone into damage control putting pressure on for these other charges that appear to be related to the night before and if they are, should have been dealt with by the police then. 'common assault (DV), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray'.
 

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