Murdered teen's father welcomes new charge

THE father of murdered teenager Jake Lasker today spoke of his relief after a second person was charged over the brutal stabbing.

John Lasker said he had never given up hope another person would be charged.

Toowoomba detectives announced today they had charged 19-year-old Wilsonton man Kyle Dumesny with his murder.

The news came exactly two and half years after the death of Jake Lasker, who was stabbed 102 times in his family home at Rockville in November 2012.

Last year Max Peter Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.

John Lasker has an image of his son’s face tattooed onto his left arm.
John Lasker has an image of his son’s face tattooed onto his left arm. Kevin Farmer

John Lasker said he knew police were still looking into the matter when the family asked for the return of Jake's personal items.

Police had been keeping the items as evidence.

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"We wanted to put Jake's room back the way it was, to hook his Xbox back up and his phone on the wall unit next to his ashes," Mr Lasker said.

"They (detectives) came around yesterday and introduced themselves and told us the news."

He praised police for their work in laying the charge.

Jake James Roy Lasker was murdered by Max Peter Smith in 2012. Yesterday Kyle Mitchell Dumesny was also charged with his murder.
Jake James Roy Lasker was murdered by Max Peter Smith in 2012. Yesterday Kyle Mitchell Dumesny was also charged with his murder. Contributed

"At the time there wasn't enough evidence to charge him."

Mr Lasker said news of the charges came as a relief.

"I'm still a bit dumbfounded by the news," he said.

Unable to watch crime shows because of the violent scenes, Mr Lasker said the reality of violent crimes was different to what was portrayed on television.

"In the shows they have the case wrapped up in 50 minutes, but we're at the 30-month mark now and this could take another four or five years."

He said it was upsetting that the investigation had "dragged out" so long but said police had done "one hell of a job".

"I'm happy that they haven't given up on it.

"After being through this I appreciate even more the work that police do.

"You don't see what they go through."

Mr Lasker said he wanted to see changes in the justice system.

"The prison system is too lenient, it's more of a holiday home than a place to be punished.

"They have three meals a day, flat screen TVs and air-conditioning while everyone else has to work for that.

"In Indonesia they have harsh prisons, I would like to see that treatment happen to those guys."

He thanked supporters of the family for helping them through the difficult time.


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