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Message from grieving father to killer QLD teenagers after conviction: ‘Who’s laughing now?’

Ben Beaumont didn’t hold back when two teenagers were found guilty of murdering his son Angus after the 15-year-old was fatally stabbed in a robbery north of Brisbane.

“Rotten in hell, haggard scum… who’s laughing now?” he said.

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Angus died after a knife was stabbed 14cm into his chest and through his heart in a fight with the two teenage boys – who cannot be named by name – in Redcliffe in March 2020.

The two boys were 14 at the time. One is now 16 and the other 17.

CCTV footage of the incident was shown during the Supreme Court trial with Angus’ parents – Ben Beaumont and Michelle Liddle – watching in tears.

After the jury’s verdict was handed down Thursday, Beaumont targeted the two teens as they sat blank-faced in the courtroom.

Sitting next to a sobbing Liddle, Beaumont delivered his blast before facing the teens’ families and supporters on the other side of the field, separated by security.

Angus Beaumont was fatally stabbed in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, in March 2020. Credit: facebook

“Oh God,” was all Liddle said before collapsing again.

There were also tears among the families and supporters of the two teens, with one woman yelling “this is bull****” and another repeatedly saying “kangaroo court”.

Beaumont also didn’t hide his emotions out of court after enduring CCTV footage during the trial, which also showed the two teens congratulating each other as Angus lay dying on the ground nearby.

‘High fiving’

“To watch them kill our son and high-five each other for a job well done, well, I didn’t see any high-fives there today,” he said.

CCTV footage captured the March 2020 incident that unfolded after the teens chased after a group of youths, including Angus, and attempted to rob them of cannabis.

Wearing knuckle dusters and handed a knife by another member of his group, Angus decided to “take a stand” and confronted the duo with the command to “f*** off”.

Michelle Liddle (left) and Ben Beaumont (right), parents of victim Angus Beaumont, outside the Brisbane Supreme Court. Credit: Darren EnglandMONKEY

But after taking just three steps toward them, Angus was attacked in a two-on-one fight, raising his knife only after being stabbed in the chest.

CCTV footage showed one of the teens attempting another attack when the Year 10 student fell to the floor.

A murder weapon was never recovered, but the 14cm depth of the wound suggested it was “larger than your average steak knife” and described by a witness as a hunting knife.

The two teens will be sentenced at a later date.

“They robbed and killed my son. The laws need to change to incarcerate these children, these violent perpetrators,” Beaumont said.

Angus Beaumont was stabbed to death during an argument over a drug deal, the court heard. Credit: 7NEWS

“Concurrent sentencing doesn’t work, anonymity doesn’t work…for repeat offenders — we’ve had enough.”

Liddle said the verdict was bittersweet.

“It won’t bring our son back, but I don’t think it’s just a win for us, it’s a win for other victims of juvenile delinquency,” she told reporters.

“If they don’t have consequences, this is what happens. Victims are made…like us. It’s just not fair.

“If our son had lived, he would have been in trouble, he would have been put under house arrest… but we don’t have that luxury. He’s gone and he’s not coming home.”

A post-trial verdict for Judge David Jackson was reached after less than a day of jury deliberations.

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