Anderson ‘haunted by the horror’ of son’s death
Angry Anderson is torturing himself, overwhelmed by images of the last terrifying moments of his son’s life as 20-year-old Sydney man Mathew Flame allegedly punched and stomped him in such a frenzy that Liam Anderson’s face became unrecognisable.
“I’m haunted,” says the 71-yearold rock legend as he stares at the mounting pile of floral wreaths in his kitchen.
“The thought that keeps flashing though my mind is that he will never walk in that door again. He was taken from us, he’s gone. I will never hear his voice again.”
Gary “Angry” Anderson, the Rose Tattoo singer and frontman, hasn’t been able to leave the family home in Beacon Hill, on Sydney’s northern beaches, since he flew home from Perth on Sunday after his son Galen rang him with the devastating news.
In his shock and grief, Anderson says he finds Mr Flame’s insistence to police he had been possessed by “evil” at the time due to an overdose of MDMA capsules and alcohol “impossible to accept”.
“We will never get over this. I’ve been trying to, but I can’t get over how it happened.
“I want to remember the good things (about Liam) but he’s tainted it. He’s taken that away from me, from us.”
Angry Anderson said it had been “unbearable’’ to hear claims by Mr Flame’s lawyers that he and his family were also “traumatised” because they had regarded Liam as part of their family and Mr Flame had been his “best friend’.
“They were not best friends, they weren’t even close friends,” Anderson says as he breaks down again, clutching his eldest son for support.
“I can’t in all honesty say that I care at this moment about the pain they (Mr Flame and his family) are going through, but I know one day I will.
“Right now don’t ask me for that sort of Christian compassion because I don’t have it.”
A Sydney court was told on Monday that Mr Flame had overdosed on a cocktail of alcohol and MDMA and lost consciousness in the bathroom of a friend’s house in Queenscliff, on Sydney’s northern beaches, on Sunday morning where he and Liam Anderson were still partying after a night out at a rave concert.
Friends told police when Mr Flame woke up, he had run from the house about 6am, but Liam Anderson had been so worried about him that he had gone after him, saying: “He’s my best friend. I would never leave my best friend.”
In a nearby park, Mr Flame allegedly turned on Liam, punching and kicking him and repeatedly stomping him in the head.
“There were two people there: one whose heart was full of care for his fellow man and one who killed him for it,’’ Anderson said.
‘I want to remember the good things but … he’s taken that away from us’: Angry Anderson and son Galen yesterday