Teens who ter­rorise

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Mo­ments be­fore Aussie teenager Brit­tney Jade Dwyer sav­agely stabbed her 81-year-old grand­fa­ther to death, they had been rem­i­nisc­ing over the fam­ily al­bum as he showed her trea­sured pho­to­graphs and videos from her child­hood.

But when Robert Whitwell walked the then 19-year-old Dwyer to the front door, she turned on him, stab­bing him in the neck and chest.

As her el­derly grand­fa­ther bled to death, Dwyer – who in­tended to rob him of his life sav­ings – did the wash­ing up.

She ab­sconded with just $1000 in cash, as well as a cou­ple of cam­eras.

The teenager, who claims to have been mo­ti­vated by TV crime se­ries Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, had driven to Robert’s Ade­laide home from Bris­bane with her ac­com­plice Ber­nadette Burns, now 22, in Au­gust 2016.

Be­fore she was ar­rested, Dwyer played the griev­ing


‘[We] com­forted you as you wept your false tears and made com­ments of “my poor poppa,”’ Robert’s brother Ge­of­frey said in his vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

‘I now know that I was em­brac­ing and com­fort­ing my brother’s killer.’

Dwyer’s mother Tonya said: ‘The images of what my fa­ther went through in his last min­utes of life con­sumes me with sad­ness.’

Dwyer was sen­tenced to life in prison with a non-pa­role pe­riod of 21 years, and Burns was jailed for life with a non­pa­role pe­riod of 13.5 years.

Dwyer’s ex-girl­friend Shelby Holmes, 19, was handed a sus­pended sen­tence for an ear­lier at­tempt to rob Mr Whitwell.

Brit­tney Dwyer (right, with ex-girl­friend Shelby) killed her own grand­fa­ther, Robert (be­low).

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