Ellenbrook murder accused remanded in custody, due to reappear next month

Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts.
Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts.

TEANCUM Vernon Petersen-Crofts, charged with murdering three of his family members at their Ellenbrook home, is due to reappear in court next month.

The 19-year-old accused of killing his mother Michelle (48), sister Bella (15) and brother Rua (8) earlier this month made his third court appearance over the charges this morning at Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court.

Appearing via video link from a secure psychiatric facility, the Frankland Centre at Graylands Hospital, Petersen-Crofts was told by Magistrate Jan Whitbread that he would be remanded in custody and the matter adjourned until August 29.

The teenager’s court appearance comes two days after begging a Midland magistrate not to send him to jail, saying “they’ll kill me in there”.

Petersen-Crofts pleaded with Magistrate Kevin Tavener not to send him to jail and instead leave him at the Frankland Centre.

“If you’re going to send me to jail for 25 years I want to be in Frankland,” the accused said.

“How long will I be in jail for.

“They’ll kill me in jail.”