The daughter of a man who was beaten 21 years ago and stabbed to death in an alley in Sydney, has come to court to face his alleged murderer for the first time.
Teela McPherson came to the Sydney Central Court on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the man who handed himself over to the police and reportedly said she had murdered her father, Robert McPherson.
McPherson, 38, and a friend walked past James St in Redfern on January 27, 1998, when they were attacked by a group of six men armed with baseball bats, a chain, a stick, and a knife.
He died of a stab wound to the left of his chest. He had also sustained head injuries and injuries that were probably due to beating with wooden bats and iron bars. His friend survived with minor injuries.
More than two decades later, Teela received a phone call from the police saying that her 41-year-old Nicholas Bentley had reported Wednesday for the murder of her father.
Teela McPherson (photo) appeared on the Sydney Central Court on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the man who would have killed her father 21 years ago
Teela, who was only a young girl when her father died, remembered him as the best father in the world & # 39;
She described the calling as & # 39; overwhelming & # 39; but hoped that she would get the closure she had been looking for all those years.
She remembered her father as her & # 39; rock and support & # 39; and called him & # 39; the world's best father & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's like opening an old wound, but to know that this person is actually going to jail and he has surrendered himself or whatever he did, at least I can give it a face now & # 39 ;, she told 9nieuws.
& # 39; No matter how much he is a monster in my eyes, it's also part of the healing process, & # 39; she said.
Bentley, who is also led by Jason Nicholas, was reportedly released from Silverwater prison only nine days earlier.
He came to Redfern Police Station, where he also reported for a bank robbery he allegedly committed in 2002.
Robert McPherson was beaten and stabbed in Redfern alleyway on January 27, 1998. Mcpherson had walked with a friend when he was attacked by a group of at least six men armed with baseball bats, a chain, a stick and a knife
Teela described the calling as & # 39; overwhelming & # 39; but was hopeful that she would get the closure she had been looking for all these years
According to court records, he claimed to have held a Commonwealth Bank in Mascot in March 2002 where he ran away with $ 385,000.
He appeared in court on Thursday, where he was charged with murder and theft, but a plea was not included. He did not request bail, but it was formally rejected.
Teela hoped to be able to watch her father's alleged murderer through the audiovisual screen, but according to the Daily Telegraph, it was a few minutes late.
According to police, McPherson was attacked at a time when the neighborhood was dealing with an influx of drug use on the street.
They believed it was possible that McPherson, described in the 1990s as an anti-drug & # 39; champion & # 39; at a heroin hotspot in Sydney, had tried to intervene and was attacked by drug dealers.
Another theory suggests that he has ruined a fast-driving driver before deciding to slow down.
The police eavesdropped and searched in a nearby house and eventually charged several members and employees of a family of suspected crime with different roles in killing.
Police believe it was possible McPherson, who in the 1990s was described as an anti-drug & # 39; champion & # 39; at a heroin hotspot in the center of Sydney, tried to intervene and was attacked by drug dealers
According to police, McPherson was attacked at a time when the neighborhood was dealing with an influx of street drugs and trafficking
Redfern police officer Richard McDonald told a parliamentary standing committee in 2003 that Mr. McPherson was murdered at a time when the nearby & # 39; drug-dealing fortress & # 39; of the family shamelessly flooded the suburb with heroin and cocaine.
& # 39; Robert McPherson was an absolute champion, & # 39; said the officer – who was then suspended.
& # 39; Mr. McPherson had children who spread drugs off the street. The only thing he did was walk home – they turned to him and he might have thrown back. & # 39;
After years of complex legal proceedings, the prosecution of the group collapsed.
Bentley is expected again for the same court on June 13.
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