Accused: Joshua Ravindran. Photo: Kate Geraghty
His mother says he is loving and kind, a family friend remembers him as a good kid and former teachers describe him as a model student. That is what the NSW Supreme Court has heard of Joshua John Ravindran, who is on trial for murdering his father.
Ravi Ravindran, 49, was found in a bedroom in his Medlow Bath house on April 23, 2011, with a white rope around his neck and bloody injuries to his face.
Mr Ravindran, 21, has pleaded not guilty, arguing his father took his own life. He told police he was angry to find his father's body and hit it with a baseball bat.
On Tuesday, his mother Anita Wood said she was estranged from her son for many years after she separated from his father. Ms Wood described a letter he sent her when he was about 14.
''He didn't want anything from me, he didn't love me. His dad was his best friend,'' Ms Wood said.
After he was arrested, he was granted bail to live at her house and their relationship rekindled. ''He's the loving, caring, considerate boy that I remember.''
Michael Franklin said Mr Ravindran played well with his children on camping trips their families took together in the 1990s.
But he said his contact with the Ravindrans became less frequent in 2005, after Ravi Ravindran shared his views on father-son relationships. ''He basically said he'd commit suicide if he lost Josh's respect. I disagreed with that idea.''
Three teachers from St Columba's High School in Springwood said the allegations were completely at odds with what they knew.
''He was always reliable, always respectful, always got on well with both his peers and all his teachers,'' science teacher Cathy Phillips said.
The trial continues before Justice Stephen Campbell.