29 October 2020

Second teen arrested in relation to Weston skate park brawl

| Michael Weaver
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Site of the stabbing

Flowers at the site of the stabbing at Weston where an 18-year-old male died on 27 September. Photo: Region Media.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with affray for his alleged role in the violent brawl at a Weston skate park that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man in the early hours of 27 September.

The boy is the second person to be arrested after police charged a 16-year-old with murder yesterday (28 October).

The 17-year-old appeared for mention in the ACT Childrens’ Court and was not required to enter any pleas. He was released on bail.

The 16-year-old is currently remanded in the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. He also did not enter a plea.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller, who is leading the investigation, yesterday said he expected more charges would be laid in relation to the incident.

Police will allege a large group of young people gathered at the Weston skate park on Dillon Close at about 1:00 am on Sunday, 27 September, following a series of threats made via social media. Those messages escalated to a point that the parties agreed to meet to fight. It’s alleged the 16-year-old used a knife to stab the victim multiple times.

It is also understood that both parties involved were armed with multiple weapons including knives, baseballs bats and shovels, which have been forensically examined.

Det Supt Moller made a passionate plea for young people involved in online bullying to talk about their issues instead of making threats online.

“It’s always very sad when young people are involved in serious crime. When police were called it was too late to make a difference and that’s shattering for us because we are here to help anyone in trouble,” Det Supt Moller said.

The 17-year-old was granted bail to next appear on 23 November.

ACT Policing said more people are likely to be charged in the near future.

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