The heartbroken parents of an Indigenous artist allegedly killed by her older brother say they have no idea what went so wrong between their two children.
- Lucas Delaney chose not to face the court via video link as the case was heard today
- Gabriella Delaney was killed last Wednesday but her body was only discovered several days later
- Her devastated parents will travel to NSW from Western Australia in the coming days
Court documents allege Gabriella Delaney, 20, was murdered by Lucas Delaney, 30, inside their Cambridge Park home in Western Sydney last Wednesday.
Ross and Brenda Delaney, worried they hadn’t heard from their daughter in five days, contacted NSW Police from their home in Western Australia.
Their worst fears became a reality when officers knocked on the door of the Barlow Street property on Monday night and found her badly injured body.
In a reply to a friend on Facebook, Ross Delaney said he never imagined his own son would end up being charged with his daughter’s murder.
“We know as much as the media is telling us ATM … feeling numb and confused really,” he said.
Gabriella Delaney was studying a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) at Western Sydney University before she died.
A friend, Emma Pagett, paid tribute in a Facebook post.
“My heart is broken for the Delaney family today (and will be forever) when I think of Gabriella — she was gorgeous, sweet, quiet, smart, talented, quirky. Rest easy sweetheart.”
A blood-stained couch seized from the home is being forensically examined as detectives investigate whether a weapon or force was used during her last moments.
Lucas Delaney had checked into a mental-health facility at Cumberland Hospital in the days after he allegedly killed his sister.
He was arrested 12 hours after police discovered her body.
Those close to the investigation have revealed Brenda and Ross Delaney are planning travel to NSW from WA in coming days.
Lucas Delaney chose to remain in his police cell when his case was briefly mentioned before Parramatta Local Court today.
He will remain behind bars until he’s due to appear before Penrith Court on August 7.