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Paragraph 8 reads: "An uncle, Bryan Jakeman, said Cody Jakeman had been struggling on medication for long-term depression and had been increasingly erratic in his behaviour in the past few months."

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,19430920%255E661,00.html

Little Emma left an orphan

By CHRIS TINKLER, MATTHEW SCHULZ and SUELLEN HINDE

June 11, 2006 12:00am


A DISABLED girl yesterday sat helpless in her wheelchair just metres from her parents who were dying from a frenzied stabbing attack.

The girl, Emma, believed to be only five, was orphaned by the murder of her parents in Melton South about 12.30pm.

They were killed while visiting neighbour Cody Jakeman in his home.

Shocked police found the girl sitting in her wheelchair in the front garden. One of her parents was dead in a hallway and the other was in a back room of the Exford Rd house.

Devastated family friends last night comforted Emma, who has spina bifida.

Distraught neighbour "Leanne", who saw the couple, known as Kath and "Popeye", walk to the house, said: "I saw them walk down there arm in arm. It's so sad. What's going to happen to Emma? Emma's got no one."

Late yesterday, Mr Jakeman, 20, was assisting police in their inquiries into the killings.

An uncle, Bryan Jakeman, said Cody Jakeman had been struggling on medication for long-term depression and had been increasingly erratic in his behaviour in the past few months.

In a bizarre twist, a recently estranged girlfriend of Mr Jakeman's turned up after the incident to buy a car from another neighbour, Steven Chenoweth.

Mr Chenoweth said she broke down when she saw the carnage.

Members of the quiet, close-knit neighbourhood said the couple – full-time carers in their late 30s – were popular.

"Popeye delivers the papers," Leanne said. "We stand at the fence and chat.

"Everyone is shocked. They were just quiet, decent people," another neighbour said.

About 20 police attended the crime scene as dozens of horrified neighbours looked on.

"We have been here for 10 years and the only trouble has been the occasional hoon racing up the road," another neighbour said.

Emma
Alone: Emma leaves the murder scene.
Picture: Channel 9