Teen faces court over 'Mousey' murder
Former Melbourne Grammar student Easton Woodhead faces court charged with the stabbing murder of Wayne ''Mousey'' Perry.PT1M33S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-30g6c 620 349 January 8, 2014
Melbourne teenager Easton Woodhead appeared to have the brightest of futures.
Just over a year ago, he graduated from one of the city's most prestigious private schools - Melbourne Grammar School.
His artwork was featured on the school's website and he competed in medal-winning rowing teams.
'Mousey' Perry in his encampment under a CBD bridge. He died just days after this photo was taken. Photo: Angela Wylie
Those who knew him described him as ''very popular'' and, until recently, his Facebook page pointed to a happy and privileged teenager who enjoyed larking around with friends.
But on Tuesday morning the 19-year-old was charged with murder. He is accused of killing a homeless man, whose meagre life possessions were kept next to a pylon under a city railway bridge.
Other street people who saw Sunday's 5.30am attack on Wayne ''Mousey'' Perry said the fatal stabbing could have been over a stolen motorbike. However, some of what the young man dressed in black said to them made little sense, they said, as he had also raved about werewolves and vampires.
Easton Woodhead, in a photo from Facebook.
''He told us that he got his bike for his 18th birthday and he knows that Mouse stole it and he had come to hurt Mouse for stealing it,'' Paul, 39, said.
Mr Woodhead appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court dressed in a blue police-issued jumpsuit, zipped up to his chin. It was the first time in his life the young man had been in police custody.
The teenager had been using cannabis and shown suicidal ideations, magistrate Andrew Capell was told. His lawyers are concerned about his mental health.
Fairfax Media has been told by those who knew Mr Woodhead that his behaviour had altered a few months ago when he began using drugs.
In December he posted two pictures with drug or violent themes, including what appears to be a computer-generated image of a man smashing open another person's head.
They contrasted with earlier photos on his page, which showed him at the beach and embracing friends.
Mr Woodhead claims on his Facebook page that he works for the elite Special Air Service Regiment. However, there are no records of him ever serving in the Australian Defence Force.
Melbourne Grammar School confirmed he graduated in 2012.
Headmaster Roy Kelley said: ''This tragic incident is now with the Victoria Police and therefore it is appropriate that Melbourne Grammar School will not be making any further comment.''
Parents who send their children to the Anglican school pay tuition fees of about $27,000 a year.
The Salvation Army's Major Brendan Nottle was in court and reflected on two lives lost.
''Mouse had built some really strong connections with housing workers and we were doing everything we could to encourage him off the streets, but unfortunately that didn't transpire before his death,'' he said. ''So we've lost Mouse and then there's also another young man who has been accused of his murder and he had his whole life before him.''
Major Nottle said the death of the popular homeless man had brought out the best and worst of Melburnians.
He said he was disgusted to see people taking ''selfies'' in front of the Enterprize Park site where Mr Perry was stabbed. A puddle of blood and some of the homeless man's possessions had been left behind when police abandoned the crime scene about 18 hours before cleaners arrived.
But Major Nottle he said others had responded with shock and sadness that one of the most vulnerable people in Melbourne had been allegedly murdered in ''the world's most liveable city''. He wants the death to result in more money spent on accommodation for homeless people in the city.
Mr Woodhead was remanded until a committal hearing on May 27.