Teen arrested after two men allegedly stabbed at Church of Scientology headquarters

Clay Curtis
January 4, 2019

A teenager has been arrested after a man died when his throat was slashed outside the Church of Scientology's Australian headquarters.

According to reports from police, the two victims of the alleged attack, including the deceased, were employees of the church.

According to NSW police, a 16-year-old boy had been asked to leave the premises when he allegedly pulled a knife on two men who were escorting him away.

In a statement, the Church of Scientology said: 'This very unfortunate matter is in the hands of the police.

The man who died was believed to be aged 24 and from Taiwan.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and taken to Chatswood Police Station for questioning.

The Church of Scientology is known to have a policy of "disconnection" that encourages members to distance themselves from friends or family who criticize the cult-like spiritual organization.

'At this stage.it would appear the altercation or the reason the young person has been removed from the premises is. related to a domestic incident that occurred yesterday, ' North Shore Police Area Command Detective Chief Inspector Simon Jones said.

The 16-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, was apprehended and is the main suspect in the incident.

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The other man remains in a stable condition receiving treatment for a minor injury.

The Church of Scientology said it was providing the police with any assistance needed in the investigation.

It said police believe the teenager had been asked to leave the center due to a domestic incident on Wednesday.

Police officers arrested the teenager after drawing their stun guns as ambulance and fire crew arrived on the scene.

"It's a huge building, a lot of people come from around Asia to study here".

"I think they know they have a bit of a bad name so they bent over backwards to make sure they fit in", she told reporters at her home.

"It offers a lot of services other [Scientology properties] don't".

The giant, 13,500 square metre building, opened in September 2016, was bought by the church for a reported $37 million in 2014.

The church on its website says the "Ideal Advanced Organisation in Sydney provides advanced religious services to Scientologists from across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region".

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