SYDNEY – A teenage relative of the notorious Australian serial killer Ivan Milat admitted bludgeoning a 17-year-old boy to death with an ax in the same forest where Milat dumped the bodies of his victims, The (London) Times reported.
The teen, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty Monday to murdering David Auchterlonie last year, after telling friends he was doing "what my family does."
"You know me, you know my family. Do you know the last name Milat?" the boy said, according to court papers. "I did what they do."
Auchterlonie's body was found in a shallow grave off a dirt road in the Belanglo State Forest, south of Sydney, last November. Ivan Milat dumped the bodies of seven backpackers there during his horrific murder spree in the mid-1990s, according to The (London) Times.
The youngster, who appeared via videolink in the Campbelltown Children's Court, showed no emotion as his lawyer entered the guilty plea.
Outside court, the victim's father, David Auchterlonie Sr., described his son as a "character" and said he had been looking forward to seeing him growing up.
Milat, who is serving seven life sentences inside the Supermax high-security prison, laughed when told about his relative's crime, according to Australian media.
The teenager has been remanded until sentencing Dec.2.