A son accused of murdering his father by assaulting him and leaving him with serious head injuries wrote a series of bizarre messages on social media before the alleged incident.
Jaiken Fitzpatrick, 38, was charged with the alleged murder of his father Kenneth, 69, at the family home in Berowra Heights, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, about 4.20pm on Thursday.
Emergency services were called to the address where they found Mr Fitzpatrick senior seriously injured. Despite their best efforts, he died instantly. The young man was charged overnight.
Daily Mail Australia understands the father and son worked for a removals franchise, Little Green Truck, which operates around Gosford, on the NSW central coast and north of Sydney.
Jaiken Fitzpatrick, 38 (pictured) has been charged with the alleged murder of his father
A Little Green Truck commercial car was seen being towed away from the family’s home by police Friday morning.
According to corporate regulator records, Kenneth canceled the registration of his franchise business in April this year.
However, the franchise went up for sale a month earlier, in March, and remains on the market.
Jaiken’s lawyer, Andrew Scali, told Hornsby Local Court on Friday that his client was “extremely disturbed” and needed a mental health assessment.
Jaiken was denied bail and his case will return to court at a later date.
Detectives were seen knocking on doors in the area as they investigated the alleged murder.
These shocking allegations come just weeks after Jaiken shared a series of disturbing posts on social media.
On August 1, the mover – who dabbles in photography – shared a black and white photo of himself on Facebook, looking thoughtful.
A friend said he “looked lost” and asked him what his problem was. Jaiken replied that he “was lost.”
He didn’t respond when the same friend continued to ask him what was wrong.
Two weeks later, he explained that he had recently considered suicide.
“Yesterday…I was so close to ending my life alone, I was ashamed,” the message began.
“Then a voice in my mind… Ending my life… It’s selfish because my life can save others.
“One more breath for you is a life worth saving for me.” One more breath for me gives me this opportunity to hold your hand and be heard.
‘You count! You have a voice worth saving!’
Police will allege Jaiken (pictured) attacked his father, causing him serious head injuries.
Jaiken ran a moving company that was owned by his father. Police were seen towing a small green truck away from the residence Friday morning.
Fifteen days later, he launched an Instagram page under the nickname “beautiful pain”, dedicated to his photographic hobby.
Among the series of landscape photos, he posted close-up photos of his face, with the words “without a beautiful death”.
Jaiken’s other online activities suggest that he shared a strong bond with his father.
In one post he helped his father by selling a motorbike in his name and in another he talked about going out into the garden to help his father cut down trees.
Police will say Jaiken murdered his father in the family’s brick home while Kenneth’s wife was at work.
Police remained on the scene Friday afternoon, and detectives were seen going door to door in the neighborhood while officers canvassed the home.
Two police vehicles were seen parked outside the Berowra Heights home on Friday.
Several police officers were seen entering and exiting the property throughout the morning.
A family friend told reporters outside the home Friday that the alleged victim was a “nice man.”
Local resident George Jankowski said the man who was killed was “a pretty quiet, low-key guy”.
“It was a shock, it was unexpected, especially here, it’s a quiet place,” he said.
“Just hearing a truck driving down the street is a big tragedy, so this kind of thing happening is a big shock.”
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