NSW town Casino in uproar after two teens allegedly stabbed to death amid feared ‘kill list’


‘Kill List’ terror in a small country town: After the deaths of two 17-year-old boys within weeks of each other their mates fear they could be next

  • Youths in Casino, NSW, fear they are on a ‘kill list’ after deaths of two teenagers 
  • Lachlan Andrews, 17, allegedly stabbed to death in brawl outside KFC on May 29
  • Four weeks later, a 17-year-old was allegedly stabbed to death outside his home
  • Police insist the two deaths are ‘not believed to be related’ despite local rumours

A small town in Australia is reeling after two teenagers were allegedly killed within weeks of each other as wild rumours of a ‘kill list’ and race brawls rattle the community. 

Teenagers in Casino, in NSW’s Northern Rivers region, are now said to be paranoid about who might be next after two 17-year-old boys were allegedly stabbed to death.

Emergency services were called to a home on McDougall Street on June 25 where a 17-year-old was found with stab wounds to his neck and died at the scene despite desperate attempts to revive him. 

Teenagers in Casino, in NSW Northern Rivers region, are now said to be paranoid about who might be next after two 17-year-old boys were allegedly stabbed to death. 

Earlier this week, Rayn Aylward, 18, faced court charged with the teen’s murder. 

Detectives cordoned off the street and launched Strike Force Linford to investigate links to another alleged stabbing four weeks earlier near the town’s KFC restaurant. 

Canberra labourer Lachlan Andrews, 17, and Harrison Hone, 18, were allegedly stabbed outside the fast-food outlet when a fight involving 20 people allegedly broke out around 5.10pm on May 29. 

Witnesses as young as 12 saw Mr Andrews die at the scene while Mr Hone survived but was hospitalised with serious injuries.  

A 17-year-old was charged with murder, reckless wounding and affray while, another youth, Aaron John Pocklington, 18, was charged with affray and using an offensive weapon in company with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Lachlan Andrews, 17, (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death outside Casino's KFC restaurant when a pre-organised fight is alleged to have ended in tragedy

Lachlan Andrews, 17, (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death outside Casino’s KFC restaurant when a pre-organised fight is alleged to have ended in tragedy

An alleged brawl involving 20 people broke out around 5.10pm on May 29 outside KFC (pictured) and was witnessed by youths as young as 12

An alleged brawl involving 20 people broke out around 5.10pm on May 29 outside KFC (pictured) and was witnessed by youths as young as 12

One 18-year-old is said to have moved back into his parent’s home for safety after he became terrified that he is on a rumoured ‘kill list’, the Northern Star reported.

Local business owners say kids in the town believe there is a list naming 10 youths, including Andrews and the second teen who died.

But they believe there are still eight more on the list who are yet to be targeted.

NSW police said the two murders ‘are not believed to be related’ despite rumours circulating in the community.   

Relief Principal Alecia Keatney also quashed ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ of a race brawl at Casino’s High School in a letter to parents on Wednesday. 

A second letter issued on Friday warned parents of the impact that ‘rumour and speculation can have on our young people.’ 

One Casino mum said her two teenage sons were scared and confused as the community navigated the complex trauma caused by the deaths. 

‘It has woken a lot of people up to the severity of it,’ she told the Northern Star.  

‘Ultimately, it’s children allegedly murdering each other, that’s absolutely shocking.

‘Our young people are on the back-end of Covid, of floods and also being in a space not hardwired to understand how to actually deal with conflict.’  

Casino youth advocate and Indoor Sports stadium Manager Ben West blamed hysteria being spread by adults in the town’s pubs, supermarkets and cafes.  

Relieving Principal Alecia Keatney quashed 'unsubstantiated rumours' of a race brawl at Casino's state High School  (pictured) in two letters sent to parents this week

Relieving Principal Alecia Keatney quashed ‘unsubstantiated rumours’ of a race brawl at Casino’s state High School  (pictured) in two letters sent to parents this week

Mr West urged the government bodies allocating bushfire and flood relief to prioritise funding for youth centres and activities. 

‘It’s urgent, kids are allegedly killing kids – what could be more urgent?’ he said.

‘There’s a bigger chance of change in a small community than a big one.

‘Everyone knows each other here, or knows of each other. It just needs people willing to work together.’

Rayn Aylward, Aaron John Pocklington and the 17-year-old charged in relation to the two murders have yet to enter pleas. 

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