23 March 2021

Teen pleads guilty to assault after fatal Weston Creek skatepark brawl

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

Police discuss the brawl that occurred in the early hours of 27 September at the Weston Creek skatepark. Photo: Michael Weaver.

A teenager charged after a fight at the Weston Creek skatepark that left an 18-year-old dead has pleaded guilty to his role in the brawl.

Court documents show on 27 September 2020, several people went to the skatepark where the fight took place. During the fracas, a teen was allegedly stabbed by a 16-year-old boy, who has since been charged with murder.

Montgomery Cole White, 19, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday (23 March), where he pleaded guilty to charges of affray with five or more people present, as well as assault and damaging a car.

He is not accused of murdering the 18-year-old victim, although has admitted he was involved in the fight.

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According to the original court documents, a brawl broke out between the groups at the skatepark, with White and two others allegedly assaulting the victim during the fight.

After the fight, White alleged he saw the 16-year-old murder-accused lift up his shirt and take hold of a knife before tucking it back into his pants and saying: “I shanked him”.

In total, nine people have been charged over the brawl, with several before the Children’s Court including the 16-year-old who has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Due to their age, many are unable to have their names published.

White will appear again in court in July.

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