Greensborough, Melbourne: Elderly mother, 81, accused of murdering her own son with an ax

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Older mom, 81, charged with murdering her own son with an ax to the head before choking him to make money in his super

  • An 81-year-old woman is charged with murder after her son’s death in Melbourne
  • Erica Heddergott is said to have attacked him with an ax before choking him
  • She would then have attempted to cancel his super policy and access funds

An 81-year-old Melbourne woman reportedly stuck an ax on her son’s head and choked him.

Erica Heddergott faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with the murder of her 50-year-old son William at her home in Greensborough between 14 and 16 November last year.

According to court documents, she and her son were found by a Meals on Wheels employee.

There was a key in the front door that Heddergott did not answer, so the worker came in and found a goodbye note in the kitchen, the documents said.

Erica Heddergott faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with the murder of her 50-year-old son William at her home in Greensborough (pictured)

Erica Heddergott faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with the murder of her 50-year-old son William at her home in Greensborough (pictured)

Investigators (pictured on the spot) said they found an ax partially covered with a blood-stained beanie under the lounge, as well as a cord and duct tape

Investigators (pictured on the spot) said they found an ax partially covered with a blood-stained beanie under the lounge, as well as a cord and duct tape

Investigators (pictured on the spot) said they found an ax partially covered with a blood-stained beanie under the lounge, as well as a cord and duct tape

The son reportedly lay on the couch with a plastic bag over his head, and his mother on the living room floor, tearful and conscious but unable to speak, with vomit on her and a bottle of bourbon.

When the Meals on Wheels employee said an ambulance was on its way, Heddergott reportedly replied, “I don’t want them.”

Investigators said they found an ax partially covered with a blood-stained beanie under the lounge, as well as a cord and duct tape.

William suffered from severe anxiety and depression and had previously lived in a supported housing facility.

It is alleged that Heddergott arranged a funeral plan for William and tried to cancel his retirement policy and withdraw the money in advance (photo, police on site)

It is alleged that Heddergott arranged a funeral plan for William and tried to cancel his retirement policy and withdraw the money in advance (photo, police on site)

It is alleged that Heddergott arranged a funeral plan for William and tried to cancel his retirement policy and withdraw the money in advance (photo, police on site)

The staff described him as a gentle and caring man who never got angry.

He moved home with his mother because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is alleged that Heddergott arranged a funeral plan for William and tried to cancel his retirement policy and withdraw the money in advance.

Heddergott’s fitness to face the murder charge was at stake, Friday’s solemn mention was told.

During a virtual performance last year, she said, “I’m sick, I can’t come to court.”

She has been remanded to reappear on June 15 for another solemn mention.

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