6 December 2021

Kenan Dowden-Carlisle charged with murder over death of Jordan Powell in Civic

| Albert McKnight
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ACT Law Courts Photo: Michelle Kroll Region Media

Kenan Dowden-Carlisle, 19, has been charged with murder over the death of a man in Civic. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

A teenager accused of killing a man who died in central Canberra had not slept for several days before the alleged incident, a court has heard.

Kenan Dowden-Carlisle, 19, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (6 December), where he was formally charged with the murder of 29-year-old Jordan Powell.

ACT Policing said at about 9:45 am on Saturday (4 December), police were called to assist a man who had collapsed in Garema Place, Civic.

Despite the efforts by members of the public and emergency services to give first aid, Mr Powell died at the scene.

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Police alleged information from witnesses and from viewing closed-circuit television footage suggested he was involved in an altercation before his collapse.

Police spotted Mr Dowden-Carlisle in City Walk at about 10:30 am and allege he ran from there. They gave chase and he was arrested in Ainslie Place.

In court, Magistrate James Stewart said the murder allegation related to a fight in a public place involving a knife.

He asked Legal Aid lawyer Ms West how Mr Dowden-Carlisle had been going as he hadn’t slept for several nights before appearing before him for a forensic application on Saturday.

Ms West said no mental health concerns had been raised with her. She also said he was not in a position to enter a plea yet, and he was currently in COVID-19 isolation at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

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Mr Dowden-Carlisle, from Greenleigh in NSW, did not apply for bail, but Magistrate Stewart formally refused it, remanding him in custody for a forensic procedure application later this month as well as for the next mention of the case on 17 December.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said they wanted to acknowledge that Mr Powell was an Indigenous Australian and expressed their sympathies on behalf of the police to the ACT’s Indigenous community.

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If the man who died was indigenous why was is name mentioned? You could at least respect him and his family

And so is the murderer

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