The heartbroken mother of a young doctor allegedly killed after a home invasion has revealed the moment she found out her son had died.
Melbourne GP Ash Gordon was fatally injured when he confronted teenagers who had allegedly broken into his home in Doncaster in the early hours on Saturday, January 13.
Dr Gordon’s grieving mother Catherine said she was woken by a call from his housemate, who was forced to deliver the news.
“He said that Ashley had gone. And I said gone where? He’s gone. He’s no longer with us,” Mrs Gordon told A Current Affair.
“I said, ‘Don’t lie, you’re joking.‘ And I hung up on him. Then the detective rang and I told him that I didn’t believe him … So then I hung up on him.
“We saw the police car coming up, and I just prayed to God they’d just keep going. I didn’t want them to turn into the driveway, but unfortunately, it happened.”
The weight of their grief clearly impacted A Current Affair host Ally Langdon, who was moved to tears while speaking to them.
“It’s a cruel contrast isn’t it? That Ash has dedicated his life to saving lives, yet his was taken in this horrible way,” she said.
The 33-year-old was found by police on Eildon Street less than a kilometre from his Doncaster home at 5.30am, after his partner called for help as he chased the group who had allegedly made off with laptops and shoes. He died at the scene.
In the days following the incident, police charged two 16-year-old boys with Dr Gordon’s murder as well as aggravated burglary and theft.
The family, including Dr Gordon’s four brothers and sisters, say their feelings move from heartbreak to anger, turning their frustrations toward the Victorian government, which denies it is facing a youth crime crisis.
Dr Gordon’s father Glen said the Victorian government’s move toward softening bail laws for youth offenders was a “cowardly response”.
“The Victorian government’s a disgrace, they should get out of office if that’s the way they’re thinking,” Mr Gordon said.
Ms Langdon said politicians “need to sit where I’m sitting now”, across from the heartbroken family of someone who has died.
“It will continue happening, I believe, until a judge or politician’s family has to sit where we are,” Mrs Gordon said.