A woman has been charged after allegedly attempting to organise for her parents to be murdered using contract killers she found on the dark web.
The 26-year-old is accused of agreeing to pay $20,000 for the contract killings and contributing $6000 towards the sum before it was all foiled by an international journalist.
Detectives launched an investigation in October after receiving a tip-off from a reporter in the UK, who claimed the woman had made an online payment and shared details about her targets.
Police believe the website was fraudulent but the woman’s intentions were genuine.
Detectives executed a search warrant in Fadden on Monday, seizing computer equipment, before charging the woman with two counts of attempted murder.
She is set to appear before ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
‘Shocked and concerned’
Acting Sergeant Beth McMullen said police believe the woman was motivated by financial gain.
“(The alleged victims) were unaware that this had happened and they cooperated fully with us,” she told reporters on Tuesday.
“They were very shocked and understandably concerned.”
No one else is expected to be charged in relation to the investigation, which was conducted in collaboration with international police.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website, using reference number 6658661.
– with AAP