Brisbane dad unleashes on two teenage boys who murdered his 14-year-old son during their sentencing: ‘Rot in hell you feral scum’
- Ben Beaumont told his son’s, Angus, murderers to ‘rot in hell’ after court verdict
- Two then-14-year-olds stabbed Angus 14cm deep in the chest in March, 2020
- Angus was defending a friend who had a previous confrontation with the pair
- Mum Michelle said the verdict was ‘bittersweet’ but ‘doesn’t bring our son back’
A heartbroken father yelled at the two teenage boys who killed his 15-year-old son to ‘rot in hell’ after they were found guilty of his murder.
Angus Beaumont, 15, had been defending his friend from the attackers, both aged 14 at the time, when they plunged a 14cm knife deep into his chest in March 2020.
The boys, now aged 16 and 17, had pleaded not guilty to Angus’s murder and claimed they had stabbed him in self-defence. However, they were found guilty on Thursday.
The two teenagers, now aged 16 and 17, who killed 15-year-old Angus Beaumont (above) in 2020 have been found guilty of murder
Angus Beaumont’s father Ben Beaumont (right, pictured with mother Michelle Liddle) yelled to his 15-year-old son’s killers to ‘rot in hell you feral scum’ after they were found guilty of Angus’s murder
The ABC reports the the teens showed no reaction to the verdict but their supporters called to them saying: ‘You’re innocent, I know you are son,’ and ‘it’s a kangaroo court’.
However Angus’s father, Ben Beaumont, yelled out at the two teens to ‘rot in hell you feral scum’ and ‘who’s laughing now?’ while other family members cried and hugged outside the courtroom.
A jury at the Supreme Court in Brisbane heard the two then-14-year-olds had bought cannabis from Angus’s ‘wannabe drug dealer’ friend at a skatepark earlier the day Angus was murdered.
They cannot be named due to legal reasons.
Two 14-year-old boys stabbed Angus 14cm deep in the chest outside a McDonalds in Redcliffe (above) in March 2020
The Courier Mail reports Angus and his friend had been leaving a McDonalds at Anzac Avenue in Redcliffe, north Brisbane, when the boys attacked.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Cook said Angus had been trying to help his friend get away from the two boys when he was stabbed.
He said the 14-year-old boys then high-fived, ‘congratulated each other’ and ran from the scene.
Angus had also been armed with a knife and knuckle-dusters during the fight.
The two then-14-year-olds high-fived each other after killing Angus (pictured, Angus’s coffin), who had been trying to protect his friend
The boys pleaded not guilty to murdering Angus.
Their defence counsel claimed they had acted out of self-defence in an ‘unprovoked attack’.
The jury took less than a day to return a unanimously guilty verdict against the boys.
Angus’s mother Michelle Liddle, a vocal advocate for teens aged over 14 to be tried as adults for serious crimes, told reporters outside the court that the verdict was ‘bittersweet’.
‘It doesn’t bring our son back,’ she said.
Angus’s mother (above) has been a vocal advocate for children over 14 to be tried as adults for serious crimes since Angus’s death
‘I feel like it wasn’t just a win for us, it’s a win for other victims of juvenile crime.’
Mr Beaumont said juvenile justice law reforms were necessary to stop future serious youth crimes.
‘No matter what the lead-up was, they robbed and killed my son,’ he said.
‘Concurrent sentencing does not work — anonymity does not work.
‘We’ve had enough.’
The teenagers will be sentenced at a later date.