Supreme Court: Ellenbrook murder accused asks to be released

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

A TEENAGER accused of murdering his mother and siblings pleaded with a Supreme Court magistrate to be released from a secure psychiatric facility in Perth.

Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts appeared in court this morning via video link from the Frankland Centre at Graylands Hospital charged with three counts of murder.

The 19-year-old allegedly murdered his mother Michelle Petersen (48), brother Rua (8) and sister Bella (15) in July.

The bodies of his mother and brother were found inside their Ellenbrook home on July 15 and Bella was found injured in the backyard but later died in hospital.

It was Petersen-Crofts’ third court appearance after first appearing in a Midland court where he begged the magistrate not to send him to jail, saying “they’ll kill me in there”.

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

But today he told the Supreme Court magistrate that he wanted to be released.

“I want to get out,” he said.

“I can’t believe this.”

Flanked by two Frankland Centre staff members, Petersen-Crofts was instructed to stop talking.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until October 31 for mention only in the Supreme Court.

Petersen-Crofts was remanded in the psychiatric centre until that date.