Mate Charged Over Angry Anderson's Son's Murder
The son of Australian rock singer Angry Anderson was allegedly beaten to death by a close friend at a park on Sydney's northern beaches, police allege.
Police on Monday afternoon formally charged 20-year-old Matthew Flame, whom detectives say knew Liam Anderson, with murder.
He was arrested on Sunday morning after emergency services allegedly found him forcefully beating Mr Anderson at Queenscliff.
Mr Anderson, 26, was found with serious head injuries and was treated at the scene, but later died.
It took several officers and the use of pepper spray to restrain the alleged attacker, who was eventually taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.
The 20-year-old was reportedly best friends with Mr Anderson, who regularly posted on social media about his alleged attacker.
According to the police fact sheet, Flame and Anderson were at a party where Flame allegedly took MDMA and smoked cannabis before passing out.
It is alleged that when he regained consciousness Flame said he was “under something’s control” and that it was “something f … ing evil”.
Police claim Matthew Flame said that bashing the man to death, was “the only way he could escape from the reality he was suffering under”.
“The accused states that he knew what he was doing at the time of the attack, but had no control over his actions,” the documents say.
He was refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court later on Monday.
QUEENSCLIFF | Following the death of his son, Liam, Angry Anderson has released this statement. Liam was savagely bashed in a park on Sydney’s northern beaches around 6am. Paramedics couldn’t revive him @7NewsSydney pic.twitter.com/8K32KJZxLf— Laura Banks (@laurakatebanks) November 4, 2018
A statement on behalf of Angry Anderson, issued on Sunday afternoon, confirmed the death but asked for privacy.
Friends of the 26-year-old have laid flowers and handwritten notes at the scene.