The 'Tragedy Of Events' That led To A Father Shooting Dead His Son
An argument over a burnt omelette was the last straw in a fractured relationship that led to a father shooting dead his son.
Melbourne truckie Peter John Smith wiped away tears in the dock as a Supreme Court judge detailed the minor argument that led to his crime.
The week before Christmas in December last year, Andrew Smith was shot twice as he lay on his bed in the Mulgrave home he shared with his parents.
Peter Smith was sentenced to 19 years with a minimum of 14. With time already served Smith will be 83-years-old before he’s eligible for parole.
The court heard there’d been long running tensions between the pair because of Andrew’s drug use and the devastating effect it had on the family.
The young father of two starting using ice and synthetic cannabis when his relationship fell apart.
He moved in with his parents, and would sell their possessions to fund his habit.
Justice Andrew Tinney said the day of the murder there was no warning of the shocking event that would end Andrew Smith’s life.
The 30 year old threw a burnt omelette in the backyard, angering his father who said it would make the dog sick.
A physical altercation followed, and soon after Andrew chose to go to bed.
Peter Smith told his wife he was going to kill their son and himself, but she didn’t take him seriously.
He then retrieved a firearm from a caravan, assembled it, and then walked into his son’s room, turned on the light, then started shooting.
He was arrested at his home without incident.
During his police interview he tried to explain why he snapped, “it just built up on me that’s all.”
“I’d just had enough, I couldn’t take it anymore.”
“I think it might just have built up on me and I couldn’t see a future for him.”
Justice Tinney spoke of evidence about the relationship between the father and son, and said “there still appeared to be great love and affection between you and Andrew- which magnifies the tragedy of these events.”
“You allowed your anger and sadness to overwhelm all reason.”
“Yours was a shocking, senseless and inexcusable crime.”
Peter Smith looked as his wife of 35 years when the Judge said she too was a victim of his crime.
The judge accepted Smith had shown genuine remorse.