Benjamin Jack McLaughlin Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Charged with murder over Cervantes body in car


Benjamin Jack McLaughlin Wiki – Biography

Benjamin Jack McLaughlin, 19, was initially arrested by Western Australian police after he dragged himself out to sea in a boat before jumping into the ocean near Nambung, 200 kilometers north of Perth, on September 26. A distraught fisherman had reported him to the police when he was seen floating aimlessly in the waters, screaming, confused and pulling out his hair. McLaughlin allegedly assaulted a police officer and a fisherman that night and was arrested before being temporarily released on bail. He has since been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated criminal damage by arson and motor vehicle theft. On the day of McLaughlin’s first arrest, police had discovered a burned-out white 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero on Indian Ocean Drive with the remains of a 38-year-old man inside.

McLaughlin had allegedly crashed the Pajero into bushes near the Cervantes Road turnoff before the victim encountered it while driving his red SUV. “An incident occurred between the two which resulted in the death of the victim,” police said. Hours later, the same van was found submerged in the ocean off Cervantes, where McLaughlin was seen having abandoned the boat on which he was found. A lobster fisherman reported him to the police and he was accused of assaulting a police officer and a fisherman and of disembarking boats. After being released on bail, investigators con tinued to make “very good progress” in finding out what happened to the Pajero. Police Commissioner Col Blanch said detectives were analyzing forensic evidence and exploring data capabilities at the time of McLaughlin’s release.

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Benjamin Jack McLaughlin is 19 years old.

Investigation Report

As the investigation unfolded, McLaughlin was named a suspect and taken back into custody, before being charged with the murder. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. One of the fishermen who found McLaughlin the night of his first arrest told The West that the naked man was completely confused but was looking for help at the time. He was behaving quite erratically on the boat, screaming at the top of his lungs. “He didn’t know where he was, how he got there, what he was doing…he just wanted help and then he climbed onto the roof and jumped into the water,” said Brandon, who did not reveal his last name. Not wanting to interact with him, the sailors held back and called the police. While waiting for help to arrive, Brandon thought McLaughlin had died after jumping off the boat and remaining face down in the water for nearly a minute. “I don’t know if he passed out or if it was intentional for him to lie face down in the water, but he looked like he had given up, it honestly seemed like the worst case scenario,” he said. When McLaughlin was pulled from the water, he had apparently forgotten his own name and was “pacing around the deck, pulling his hair out.”

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