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Ex-lover pleads guilty to garden shears murder of gran, grandson in Albanvale
Chinese national Cia Liao, 45, wept silently in the dock at the Melbourne Magistrates Court after pleading guilty via a translator to the murders of Mai Mach, 60, and Alistair Kwong, 4, on March 31.
Leading up to the tragedy Mr Mach had broken off a three-year relationship with Ms Liao, who was pressuring him to leave his wife and marry her to help get Australian residency.
After arguing with Mr Mach in the morning she had killed the young boy, whose special bond with his grandfather caused her to be jealous, attacking him in the room where he slept.
Before police burst into the house to discover Ms Liao sitting with a bound and gagged Mr Mach, she had told him: "I've killed everyone to make you suffer and if I'm happy I'll let you go with them," according to the summary.
The first thing Mr Mach asked when police released his gag was about the welfare of his grandson.
"She wishes to apologise to the family for the terrible grief her actions have caused them," her lawyer said.
Magistrate Donna Bakos remanded Ms Liao in custody to face the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on Friday.