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Australian who killed cricketer son was already a wanted man: Police

Published on Feb 14, 2014 2:11 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - The Australian man who killed his 11-year-old son at cricket practice should have been arrested weeks ago, police admitted on Friday, revealing there were five warrants out for him.

Luke Batty was beaten to death, reportedly with a cricket bat to the head, in front of stunned onlookers after training with his junior team on Wednesday evening at Tyabb oval, 100 kilometres southeast of Melbourne.

Police arrived to find his mentally ill father Greg Anderson, 54, armed with a knife. He was shot once in the chest and died in hospital.

Victoria state police chief Commissioner Ken Lay said Anderson had been questioned about assault allegations on January 27, but officers had not been aware that he already had five outstanding arrest warrants against him, for failure to attend court.

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