AFL

COACH SLAY­ING ROCKS

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - PETER ROLFE & STEPHEN DRILL

PO­LICE be­lieve the drug ice is a fac­tor in the tragic mur­der of Ade­laide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh yes­ter­day and are prob­ing his son’s links to a house where an axe at­tack oc­curred two weeks ago.

The pop­u­lar coach and former Colling­wood, Rich­mond and Bris­bane player, 55, was stabbed to death about 2am in his Somer­ton Park home af­ter a dis­pute.

The killing has shocked Aus­tralia, with even Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott call­ing it “a dread­ful, dread­ful, dread­ful tragedy”.

Walsh’s son Cy, 26, has been charged with mur­der.

He un­der­went a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment yes­ter­day and had a court hear­ing from his hos­pi­tal bed, un­der po­lice guard.

Mag­is­trate Sue O’Con­nor re­manded him in cus­tody to face court in Septem­ber.

South Aus­tralian po­lice were alerted to the in­ci­dent when a per­son in­side the fam­ily home, un­der­stood to be Walsh’s wife, Mered­ith, called 000 re­quest­ing an am­bu­lance.

Walsh was found un­con­scious and at­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate him failed.

Mrs Walsh was rushed to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing mi­nor lac­er­a­tions to a leg, also be­lieved to have been in­flicted by a knife. Cy Walsh was found by po­lice soon af­ter the at­tack in nearby Glenelg East.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Des Bray said Walsh died from mul­ti­ple stab wounds af­ter an ar­gu­ment with his son.

“I can’t tell you any­thing about the ar­gu­ment or the cir­cum­stances, but as a re­sult of that both Mr Walsh and his wife re­ceived the wounds,” Supt Bray said.

“For any fam­ily, re­gard­less of who it is, it’s one of the worst things that you could imag­ine could hap­pen to you.

“The only thing dif­fer­ent with this is that the vic­tim has a high pro­file. The pain and suf­fer­ing of the fam­ily is no dif­fer­ent.”

Res­i­dents of the street where Cy Walsh was found said he was a known sub­stance abuser and be­lieved to use ice. A unit near where he was found was de­scribed as a “drug den” by lo­cal res­i­dents, who said its win­dows had been boarded up af­ter a ter­ri­fy­ing re­cent axe at­tack.

Po­lice say Cy Walsh was not re­spon­si­ble for the axe in­ci­dent, but res­i­dents said he had fre­quented the unit – which has no fur­ni­ture or cur­tains – reg­u­larly in the past fort­night.

Blood was last night vis­i­ble on the pave­ment where he was ar­rested.

In the wake of a hor­ror day:

THE AFL an­nounced to­mor­row’s Ade­laide- Geee - long game would ould be called off f and premier­ship points split be­tween both clubs;

IT ALSO an­nounced that a minute’s si­lence will take place at all AFL matches this week­end, with Walsh trib­ute videos played on score­boards;

PLAY­ERS, of­fi­cials and um­pires will wear black arm­bands for the rest of the round and there will be no ban­ners or theme songs;

DE­TEC­TIVES app pealed for a cab cab­bie who saw a m man with blood on him walk­ing in Ade­laide early yes­ter­day to come f for­ward; and DAUGH­TER Quinn Walsh, hol­i­day­ing in the US, booked the first flight back to Aus­tralia.

League chief Gil­lon McLach­lan said the rest of the AFL round would con­tinue, but with a heavy heart.

“We know that the usual fun and pas­sion of our game will not be there,’’ he said. “But we also know our clubs, mem­bers and sup­port­ers will gather in a spirit of re­spect­ful mourn­ing and in sup­port for the fam­ily and friends of a great foot­ball man.’’

Mr McLach­lan said the game was “griev­ing’’ and re­mem­bered Walsh as “a man of bound­less en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm’’ mur­dered just 12 games into his se­nior coach­ing ca­reer.

Crows chair­man Rob Chap­man said it was a “cri­sis un­prece­dented”. He re­ceived a call from po­lice at 3.30am to say “a tragedy had un­folded”.

“That’s a phone call no one ever wants to get,’’ he said.

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