Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father Dressed Girls, Filmed Them Dance, Then Murdered Them

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father Dressed Girls, Filmed Them Dance, Then Murdered Them

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Byline: Michael Howie

AN AUSTRALIAN father dressed his two young daughters in ballerina costumes and filmed them dancing to a song from the movie Frozen before smothering them with a pillow.

Charles Mihayo, 36, from Melbourne, has pleaded guilty to murdering Savannah, four, and Indianna, three, on Easter Sunday this year. Today prosecutor Gavin Silbert told a pre-sentence hearing that the murders were an act of revenge against their mother, with whom he had fought an access battle over the children since their split. Mihayo has offered no explanation.

Mr Silbert told the Supreme Court of Victoria that after dressing the girls, Mihayo filmed them dancing to "Let It Go" from Frozen, before smothering them. He then bathed and redressed them and called police. He is reported to have said: "It's done. I've killed them. I've killed my kids."

Four days before the murders, Mihayo had googled the question: "How can I kill my ex-wife?" The day before, he texted their mother asking to see his daughters "one last time". …

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