A Melbourne father dressed his young daughters in ballerina
dresses and filmed them dancing before smothering them with a
Charles Amon Mihayo, 36, has pleaded guilty to murdering
four-year-old Savannah and three-year-old Indianna on Easter
After murdering his girls, Mihayo bathed them, then redressed
them in the ballerina dresses and called police.
When police arrived he told them: "It's done. I've killed
Mihayo pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the
Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday.
Mihayo arranged with his estranged partner and the girls'
mother to see them on April 20, telling her in a text he
wanted to "see them one last time", according to documents
submitted to the court.
He went shopping that morning, buying the dresses and silver
shoes for the girls.
Mihayo made the girls dance in the dresses for their mother
and grandmother when they arrived at his bungalow in the
backyard of the Watsonia home of his ex-partner's parents.
He then told them: "Come back inside and we'll show mum
something else in 10 minutes."
He took the girls into his bungalow and videoed them on his
phone dancing to a song from the film Frozen.
He then held a pillow over their faces until they stopped
When his ex-partner tried to enter the locked bungalow he
said "you'll know when they get here", the documents show.
Police were soon bashing on the bungalow door and Mihayo
shouted out, "a minute please" while he finished dressing the
girls in their ballerina outfits.
The Tanzanian national later told police he had no reason for
murdering his daughters but that it made sense to him at the
time, the court documents said.
He told police that they would not understand what he had
been through and that providing a reason for his crime would
make no difference.
Mihayo appeared in court briefly via video-link to enter his
He will face a directions hearing in the Victorian Supreme
Court in September ahead of his sentence.