Ex-Melbourne Grammar student ‘mentally unwell’ during homeless killing

Brendan Roberts

A former Melbourne Grammar student who killed a homeless man has been found not guilty of murder.

There was no question that Easton Woodhead killed homeless man Wayne 'Mouse' Perry in January last year.

Woodhead’s state of mind when he brutally stabbed Mr Perry to death was the key issue.

While Woodhead was found not guilty, he was not set free after the verdict. Instead he will remain in prison until November 16, when his future will be decided. Photo: 7 News
While Woodhead was found not guilty, he was not set free after the verdict. Instead he will remain in prison until November 16, when his future will be decided. Photo: 7 News

Woodhead's father and and Perry's sister both wiped away tears as the jury agreed he was mentally unwell when he stabbed to death the man affectionately known as 'Mouse'.

A Supreme Court jury on Monday afternoon found the then 19-year-old not guilty on the grounds of mental impairment.

Perry died where he lived - under a train overpass at Enterprise Park, on the banks of the Yarra River.

Perry died where he lived - under a train overpass at Enterprise Park, on the banks of the Yarra River. Photo: 7 News
Perry died where he lived - under a train overpass at Enterprise Park, on the banks of the Yarra River. Photo: 7 News


Woodhead, who was living in an apartment on Flinders Street and binging on drugs, believed Perry had stolen his motorbike, and confronted him in the early hours of January 5, 2014.

He stabbed the 42-year-old repeatedly in the face, hand and back.

The prosecution argued Woodhead showed enough awareness of his actions to dispose of the knife used to kill Perry. Photo: 7 News
The prosecution argued Woodhead showed enough awareness of his actions to dispose of the knife used to kill Perry. Photo: 7 News

The trial heard Woodhead's life had spiralled from a private schoolboy with a privileged upbringing to a drug-addicted young man, living alone in an apartment that was paid for by his mother and smoking cannabis every day.

The trial heard Woodhead's life had spiralled from a private schoolboy with a privileged upbringing to a drug-addicted young man, living alone in an apartment that was paid for by his mother and smoking cannabis every day. Photo: 7 News
The trial heard Woodhead's life had spiralled from a private schoolboy with a privileged upbringing to a drug-addicted young man, living alone in an apartment that was paid for by his mother and smoking cannabis every day. Photo: 7 News


While the prosecution argued he showed enough awareness of his actions to dispose of the knife used to kill Perry, Woodhead's defence said he was delusional, believing he was God, the son of a werewolf, and could achieve immortality by injecting ink into his veins.

A doctor told the murder trial that Woodhead was probably suffering paranoid schizophrenia when he stabbed Perry to death. And the jury agreed.

Woodhead's defence said he was delusional, believing he was God, the son of a werewolf, and could achieve immortality by injecting ink into his veins. Photo: 7 News
Woodhead's defence said he was delusional, believing he was God, the son of a werewolf, and could achieve immortality by injecting ink into his veins. Photo: 7 News
A doctor told the murder trial that Woodhead was probably suffering paranoid schizophrenia when he stabbed Perry to death. Photo: 7 News
A doctor told the murder trial that Woodhead was probably suffering paranoid schizophrenia when he stabbed Perry to death. Photo: 7 News


While Woodhead was found not guilty, he was not set free after the verdict.

Instead he will remain in prison until November 16, when his future will be decided.

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