A Chinese women has been accused of killing a four-year-old boy and his grandmother with a pair of garden shears in Australia.
The suspect, who goes by the name Cai Xia Liao, allegedly stabbed the four-year-old boy with large garden shears as he lay in his bed during a visit to his grandparent’s house.
Supposedly, she then waited around 10 hours for the grandmother to come home before stabbing her 23 times to death with the same large shears.
A neighbor witnessed the second stabbing and alerted the police immediately.
Cai, aged 45, was allegedly having an affair with the boy’s grandfather, Brian Mach, who she had bound and gagged in his home on the morning of the incident.
According to sources, Mach, aged 61, had recently broken off the relationship with Cai, who was staying in Australia on a tourist visa.
Cai’s lawyer, Sarah Pratt, told the court that this had left her with suicidal thoughts and needing blood pressure medication.
Despite not speaking English, Cai appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates court yesterday morning, sobbing uncontrollably during the short appearance.
It is unclear if Brian Mach was injured during the ordeal.
Family friend Diana Teoh, who had known the four year-old-boy since birth, told the Herald Sun newspaper that he was “very bubbly, a very good boy”.
The Chinese women has been charged with two counts of murder and one count each of intentionally causing injury and false imprisonment.
She will return to court for a committal hearing on July 22.
By Freya Twigden