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In 2016 we reported that a nine-year-old Canberra boy had sadly died allegedly at the hands of his father.

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At the time 9 News reported the boy was taken to hospital after police and ambulance officers attended a home in Jacka, but he later died.

ACT Police statement said

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A 37-year-old Jacka man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday, February 16) charged with murder.

The man has been charged with murdering his eight-year-old son. Police and ACT Ambulance Service officers attended a residence in Jacka last night and a male child was transported to hospital where he later died.

The man has also been charged with a number of assault offences.

UPDATE June 2018

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Graham Stuart Dillon, 37, has been sentenced to 41 years in jail, 36 of them for murder, reports ABC.

Dillon last year pleaded guilty to his son’s killing, along with causing grievous bodily harm and several assault charges including choking and threatening to kill.

The court heard Bradyn was abused for weeks leading up to his death, suffering more than 70 individual injuries on his body, “the violence was often punishment for a real or imagined infraction of discipline”.

He was thrown against walls, burned with cigarettes and hit with a belt.

On the day of the murder, February 15, 2016, Dillon had hit and kicked his son in the face knocking him unconscious.

He was sentenced over 11 charges, and will not be eligible for parole for 32 years.

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  • I don’t understand how this could have happened — if it was over weeks and the injuries were as extensive as they’ve said, surely SOMEONE would have noticed something?? A teacher? A parent of a peer? I know it’s not their responsibility to look out for these things, but surely there is some innate sense to watch for signs, I’m sure I’m not the only one to do it. I’m so glad this thing was jailed for 41 years. They don’t take too kindly to child abusers in prison. The whole thing makes me feel sick to my stomach.

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  • There are so many reports about children being abused over a number of days,weeks etc. As in this case it ended in murder…Think that we all should be ore vigilent such as neighours .
    ,friends and family . Any abuse should be reported to the police, some people do not want to be involved but you can call without giving your name. Early detection and reporting can save so many other childrens lives

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  • Poor Bradyn. What a terrible life he had. :-(
    At least this man will be in jail where he won’t be able to damage anyone else. :-(

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  • Imagine the horror this boy went through for years !
    This man should never ever see daylight again.

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  • murder should be jailed for life

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  • Poor darling. Karma will get his dad in the end. RIP

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  • Where were the other adults in this young boy’s life? Why was no one looking out for him? We all need to be aware of those around us and what they might be going through. RIP Bradyn. You deserved so much better from this world.

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  • This breaks my heart thinking about what that poor boy went through.

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  • Why and how was this allowed to happen … poor, poor child … may the father burn in hell!

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  • This poor boy had been abused for WEEKS before he died. How?! How could this have gone on for so long, at such a level, and no one noticed or spoke up?!?!


    • I was actually thinking the very same thing.
      And it my be horrid of me but I hope the inmates get to this bloke.
      R.I.P. Bradyn may you be cradled in the Lords arms.

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  • This really breaks my heart, there is so many people out there struggling to conceive and people like this man just abuse their own children! Why wasn’t the abuse reported? I’ll never know and understand

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  • This is a very appropriate sentence.

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  • I will never understand how you could do that to a child.

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  • He deserves life in jail!

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  • He deserves the sentence for what he did.

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