A teenage boy charged with murder has been denied bail after allegedly stabbing a man to death 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, who cannot be named because he is a child, has also been charged with common assault (domestic violence), common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused at Parramatta Children’s Court this morning.
His lawyer told the Magistrate her client did not wish to come into court.
The court heard the boy would require a Mandarin interpreter when the matter is heard again on Monday.
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”.