10 December 2020

Teen charged with accessory to murder in latest round of Weston skate park charges

| Michael Weaver
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Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Steel, right, discusses the incident with a police officer at the Weston Creek skatepark.

Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Steel, right, discusses the incident with a police officer at the Weston Creek skatepark. Photo: Michael Weaver.

An 18-year-old has been charged with being an accessory to murder, while a 16-year-old has been charged with affray and assault and a 17-year-old charged with affray in the latest round of charges from a stabbing incident at a Weston skate park on 27 September.

The 18-year-old appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court today (10 December) where his name was suppressed due to the danger of identification and harassment through social media.

The man was granted bail with conditions.

The latest charges bring the number of people facing court to nine. They are all due back in court early next year.

Officers were called to a disturbance at the skate park on Dillon Close about 1:00 am on 27 September.

An 18-year-old man died of multiple stab wounds at the scene and a 16-year-old cousin of the 18-year-old was taken to hospital, also with multiple stab wounds.

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Leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said police would allege both groups were engaging in aggressive and threatening behaviour.

“A young man died that night and all those involved showed a disregard for the life and safety of their friends and others,” Det Supt Moller said.

“What’s sad is there were numerous opportunities for everyone to put the phones down and walk away before it became physical.”

It is an offence for anyone to use technology to threaten, intimidate, harass or humiliate someone – with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically on any social networking site.

“I would say to young people, their parents and friends – if you’re being abused or bullied please speak up and seek help before you do anything else,” Det Supt Moller said.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6638633. Information can be provided anonymously.

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