COACH SLAYING ROCKS
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.