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Former Lincoln school pupil watches ex-partner batter their son to death with cricket bat in Australia

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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A mother who went to school in Lincoln saw her ex-partner batter their young son to death with a cricket bat in Australia.

Rosie Batty was watching her son 11-year-old son Luke and his father Greg practice cricket at a sports ground in Australia after 6pm on Wednesday.

However he turned on the boy and attacked him with a knife and a cricket bat at the Tyabb Cricket Ground, in Victoria.

Police arrived at the scene at 6.40pm, but were forced to shoot father Greg when he turned on them with the knife.

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A helicopter airlifted the father to Alfred hospital, where the man died at around 1.30am on Thursday.

Paramedics tried to save 11-year-old Luke, but he died at the scene after suffering severe head injuries.

Mum Rosie Batty was a former pupil of St Joseph’s Convent, but is believed to have lived in Cambridgeshire before emigrating to Australia 20 years ago.

She is said to have been born in Laneham, near Retford.

Speaking to local news in Australia, she said: “It was just a little cricket practice, there were people there, I believed he was safe,'

She told how she ran for help, screaming: “Get an ambulance, get an ambulance, this is bad, this is really, really bad,”

“From what I could see, Luke had been injured. I thought it was an accident, I had no reason to think otherwise.'

“It is a tragedy,” she said.

“Family violence happens to everybody no matter how nice your house is.”

“He was effervescent, he was funny. He wasn’t the best scholar, but he was intelligent.”

Tributes to Luke Batty have been posted across social media in Australia.

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