Mitchell Perks, who was sentenced to nine years’ jail in 2017 over the deaths of his mother and 12-year-old sister, applied to the Federal Court to access to the funds while in custody.
Mitchell Perks fantasised about killing his mum Melanie and 12-year-old sister Ebonie.
The Toowoomba man was only 16 when he finally stabbed them to death, according to the Sunshine Coast Daily.
So brutal were the crimes that he was convicted of the manslaughters as an adult â sentenced to nine yearsâ jail in 2017.
It was while in custody that Perks applied to the Federal Court to access his dead mumâs life insurance while in custody charged with the violent attack.
Under Melanie’s life insurance policy, Perks and his sister were entitled to 50 per cent each of any pay-out but current legislation prevents killers from inheriting money from their victims.
In a judgment handed down last month, Chief Justice James Allsop said the matter before him centred around “tragic circumstances”.
“I was interested in obtaining assistance in seeing whether these funds might yet be able, despite the forfeiture rule, to be used for the benefit of Mitchell, for instance, for the funding of psychiatric help, given his mental health and the burden of the guilt that may now lie upon him,” he said.
Perks stabbed his mum and sister to death. Source: Supplied
The court heard that Perks had a history ofÂ schizophrenia and had pleaded guilty to the deaths under diminished responsibility.
The court heard sentencing judge James Douglas said Perks had reported having strong homicidal thoughts towards his mother and sister prior to the killings and had a history of psychiatric problems.
Justice Douglas also said Perks had ceased taking medication and was supported by his mother before the stabbing attack.
After hearing submissions, Chief Justice Allsop directed the funds be paid instead to Perks’ grandparents, and the decision to use the funds to help treat the now 21-year-old lay with them.
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