Australian arrested for DOUBLE MURDER in the Philippines
An Australian man has been arrested following the fatal shooting of another Australian man and a Filipina woman in the Philippines.
Michael Justin McLaren, 52, allegedly killed 61-year-old Anthony George Wilson and 41-year-old Mila Bailey October 18 in Olongapo City.
Filipino police said Ms Bailey’s husband, Wayne Bailey, was shot in the chest during the incident, that occurred in a car, and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Their young child, who was also in the vehicle at the time, was uninjured. Police said she was taken into the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman confirmed an Australian man had been the “victim of a serious incident”.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian, the victim of a serious incident that took place in the Philippines,” the spokesman said.
“The Department stands ready to provide consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter to others who were involved in the incident. Due to our privacy obligations, we will not provide further details.”
Mr. McLaren was arrested at his hotel room with a gun and live ammunition about three hours after the shooting, police said.
“Appropriate criminal complaints against the arrested suspect are now being prepared for filing in court,” Filipino police said in a statement on social media.