Man who murdered autistic teen with axe jailed

A man who murdered an autistic teenage boy with an axe has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Joel Henderson, 42, killed Timothy “Timmy” O’Brien, 14, in 2013, in “retaliation” for the teens defence of his stepfather Peter Williams.

Mr Williams was lured by two men, Darren Wilson and Joel Henderson, to a home in Scarsdale, near Ballarat in Victoria, where they planned to attack him.


Wilson, wearing a pillowcase over his head, punched Mr Williams, prompting Timmy to hit Wilson on the head with a baseball bat.

Wilson then picked up an axe and hit Timmy with the blunt edge while Wilson started punching the boy before killing him with the weapon.

Wilson was in July sentenced to spend 30 years and six months in jail.

Today Henderson was sentenced to 24 years behind bars with a minimum of 20.