5 December 2021

Man charged with murder after Civic incident

| David Murtagh
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A 29-year-old man died at the scene in Garema Place yesterday morning. Photo: File.

ACT Policing has charged a 19-year-old man from Greenleigh in NSW with murder following an incident in the City on Saturday morning.

At about 9:45 am yesterday (4 December), police were called to assist a man who had collapsed in Garema Place. Despite the first-aid efforts of members of the public, police and ACT Ambulance Service officers, the 29-year-old man died at the scene.

Information from witnesses and CCTV footage indicated that the deceased man was involved in an altercation before he collapsed.

At about 10:30 am, a 19-year-old man believed to be associated with the altercation was identified and located in City Walk. According to police, he ran from the location and a short foot pursuit occurred before he was arrested in Ainslie Avenue.

Late yesterday the 19-year-old was charged with one count of murder. He is scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow (6 December).

Anyone with information about the altercation that can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote 6978051. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Patrick Boundy9:01 pm 05 Dec 21

Unfortunately, this is becoming a way to common occurrence in Canberra.

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