8 March 2024

Robber accused of stealing Nick Kyrgios's Tesla is the person who killed Clea Rose in 2005

| Albert McKnight

Nick Kyrgios helped police catch the person who stole his lime-green Tesla. Photo: Instagram.

It can now be revealed that the robber who was accused of stealing tennis star Nick Kyrgios’s lime-green Tesla is the same person who killed Clea Kathleen Rose nearly 20 years ago.

The now-33-year-old pleaded guilty to a single charge of committing a robbery while armed with an offensive weapon on 1 May 2023 when he faced the ACT Supreme Court on Friday (8 March).

On 30 July 2005, the then-14-year-old was driving a stolen car when he struck Ms Rose on Mort Street in Civic during a police chase.

He drove off, while the 21-year-old university student died from her injuries about 20 days later. He was arrested and went on to serve time in prison over her death.

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On Friday, the robber’s lawyer, Dr Jan de Bruin from Legal Aid, asked that his client undergo an assessment for eligibility into the court’s drug and alcohol sentencing list.

Justice Louise Taylor adjourned for the assessment to take place in April. The robber remains in custody.

The robber, who is unable to be named as he was a juvenile when he killed Ms Rose, had originally pleaded not guilty to his charges and was committed for trial late last year.

No agreed facts detailing the crime he admitted to were tendered to the court on Friday.

But in the original documents outlining the allegations, police claimed that Mr Kyrgios’s mother had partially opened the front door of a home on 1 May 2023 to find a mask-wearing man standing outside holding a gun.

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He allegedly demanded the keys to Mr Kyrgios’s green Tesla, which was parked nearby, before driving away.

Mr Kyrgios later used an app on his mobile phone to track his Tesla so he could tell police its location.

He also placed an 80 km/h speed limit on the car via the app, which helped police follow it.

Police allegedly pulled the robber from the driver’s seat in Ainslie at about 9 am.

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