2 October 2020

Police, SES conduct ground search in Duffy for evidence in Weston skatepark stabbing

| Michael Weaver
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Police search for items at Duffy

Police search for items at Duffy today as part of their investigation into the stabbing death of an 18-year-old at Weston last Sunday. Photo: ACT Policing.

Detectives and police officers, along with members of the ACT State Emergency Service, are searching areas of Duffy today (2 October) as investigations continue into the death of a teenager near a Weston skatepark last Sunday.

ACT Policing has released images of a significant police and emergency services presence in Duffy in connection with the murder investigation, after a group of at least 12 youths were involved in a fight at about 1:00 am on 27 September.

Members of the ACT SES conduct a line search in Duffy

Members of the ACT SES conduct a line search in Duffy as part of the murder investigation today. Photo: ACT Policing.

An 18-year-old male from Jerrabomberra died at the scene, while a 16-year-old also received serious stab wounds and was taken to hospital by ACT paramedics.

The 16-year-old has since been released from hospital and is assisting police with their investigations. It is understood he is not a suspect in the murder, but is crucial to assisting police piece together the circumstances which led to the stabbings.

The line search in Duffy today follows a similar search on Tuesday (29 September).

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While detectives are unable to say when they will be making an arrest, an ACT Policing spokesperson told Region Media they have spoken to several young people who were involved in the fight at the skatepark.

Detectives have also identified a number of cars which may be linked to the incident, including a white Toyota with NSW number plates.

“Detectives have spoken to a number of people who have provided information about what happened earlier in the evening [of Saturday, 26 September], which is forming part of the investigation,” the spokesperson said.

Police said detectives will continue investigating any circumstances which occurred earlier in the evening prior to the incident.

Flowers at the site of the stabbing at Weston where an 18-year-old male died on Sunday morning.

Flowers at the site of the stabbing at Weston where an 18-year-old male died on Sunday morning. Photo: Region Media.

Earlier this week, the detective leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Scott Moller, said police had been doorknocking houses in the Weston Creek area and remained focussed on bringing those responsible before the court.

“I recognise this death is distressing for our community and there may be families who are concerned about their son’s or daughter’s possible involvement. If you think someone in your family or your friend was involved, the best thing to do is to come to us. Don’t wait for us to knock on your door.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website, quoting reference 6638633.

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