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Canberra man charged with murdering his son in Gungahlin

Neighbours have described the anguish of seeing an eight-year-old boy cradled in the arms of a paramedic, after he was allegedly fatally attacked by his own father in Canberra's north on Monday night.

Graham Dillon, 37, of Jacka, who has been charged with the murder of his eight-year-old son.
Graham Dillon, 37, of Jacka, who has been charged with the murder of his eight-year-old son. Photo: Facebook

Graham Dillon, 37, appeared in court on Tuesday morning charged with murdering his son, Bradyn Dillon.

Mr Dillon, wearing shorts and a grey T-shirt, appeared stunned as he entered the courtroom. He did not sit with his Legal Aid duty solicitor at the bar table. He entered no plea to any charge, and made no application for bail. He was remanded in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre until March 1.

The street in Jacka, on the northern fringe of Gungahlin, remained closed on Tuesday as detectives took witness statements from neighbours and forensic teams investigated the scene.

One neighbour, Tammy Kirchner, sobbed as she remembered seeing a paramedic gently carry the boy from the home on Monday evening.

The boy was rushed to Canberra Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Moments after paramedics retrieved the boy, a man appeared with his hands up.

Neighbour Tammy Kirchner sobbed as she remembered seeing a paramedic gently carry the boy from the home on Monday evening.
Neighbour Tammy Kirchner sobbed as she remembered seeing a paramedic gently carry the boy from the home on Monday evening. Photo: Jay Cronan

"He was put into handcuffs, he was thrown on the ground," Ms Kirchner said.

The boy often played with the scores of kids who spilled out onto the neighbourhood of an evening.

Police officers and emergency services personnel at the scene of a domestic violence incident that resulted in the death ...
Police officers and emergency services personnel at the scene of a domestic violence incident that resulted in the death of an eight-year-old boy. Photo: Melissa Adams

The family had moved into the sleepy pocket only 12 months earlier.

From the outside, the house appeared unlived-in, with overgrown grass reaching waist height and catalogues overstuffed in the mailbox.

A bicycle is parked in front of the garage.
A bicycle is parked in front of the garage. Photo: Jay Cronan

On Tuesday morning, the porch light was still on but the curtains were drawn.

A father who lives nearby said he would be holding his children extra close tonight.

A caterpillar sprinkler peeks out of the overgrown front lawn.
A caterpillar sprinkler peeks out of the overgrown front lawn. Photo: Jay Cronan

Another said, "I have three daughters under eight and I took the day off work to walk them to school."

Ms Kirchner said she didn't want to stay in the suburb, which was usually quiet and filled with families.

"I can't look up there," she said.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist the investigation and has not yet spoken to them, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or at act.crimestoppers.com.au.