YO Man Dead After Alleged Stabbing At Church Of Scientology In Sydney

Marsha Scott
January 4, 2019

Jones said police believe the 16-year old had a family member who attended the church, and that that family member was there on the day.

The teenage son of a Scientologist has been arrested over an attack at the Sydney base of the controversial church where a "beloved" member died after being stabbed in the throat.

A 24-year-old man, who police believe is of Taiwanese descent, had his throat slashed. He later died at an area hospital.

Another man, in his 30s, was treated for minor injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Jones said when officers arrived they asked the 16-year-old to drop the knife and drew their tasers to get him to drop the knife.

The Daily Telegraph reported the teen went to the church to see his mother.

New South Wales police indicated both victims were church employees, but it did not disclose their identities nor their roles.

The church's security alarm rang out at the bush-enclosed property on Greville Street for 10 minutes before an unmarked police auto arrived, neighbour Sharon Schwartz later told reporters.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested over the alleged stabbing but is yet to be charged.

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"The staff made the decision that he should leave the premises", Jones told reporters.

After his mother told Scientology staff what had happened between them the day before, they chose to move him off the premises, a church source told the Telegraph.

"All I can tell you, it was a domestic incident".

"I came down when the first camera crew showed up but I was told it wasn't a huge deal", he told AAP.

"It offers a lot of services other [Scientology properties] don't".

The 13,500 square metre property in Sydney's north is the largest Scientology centre outside the United States, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The Chatswood Scientology Center, known as the Advanced Organization and Saint Hill Australia, New Zealand & Oceania, opened in September 2016 and is considered the "spiritual headquarters" for Scientologists in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nine News reported that the site, which originally hosted Australia's National Acoustic Laboratory, was sold to the Church of Scientology for approximately $37 million in 2014.

The 2016 Australian census records 1,684 people describing their religion as Scientology.

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