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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Man 'thought neighbours were pedophiles'

A MELBOURNE man allegedly murdered two of his neighbours because he wrongly believed they were pedophiles, a court was told today.
6-8-2007 Australia:

Codie Jeffrey Jakeman, 21, of Melton South, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court where he pleaded not guilty on the ground of mental impairment to two counts of murder.

His neighbours John Philemon Greene, 59, and his de facto wife Kathryn Hogg, 46, both had intellectual disabilities and were well-known and liked in the community, the court was told..

However, Mr Jakeman allegedly believed they were pedophiles and had told others he wanted to kill all pedophiles and rid the world of them, according to a police summary tendered to the court.

Police allege the couple were murdered on June 10 last year when they went to Mr Jakeman's house to help him with renovations.

Mr Greene died of head and chest injuries and Ms Hogg of head and neck wounds. Their bodies were found in Mr Jakeman's home.

Magistrate Donna Bakos remanded Mr Jakeman in custody for trial in the Victorian Supreme Court in September. ..more.. by

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