27 April 2021

Third man admits to role in fatal Weston Creek skatepark brawl

| Albert McKnight
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Police at Weston skatepark

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

A third young man has admitted to his role in the brawl at the Weston Creek skatepark where an 18-year-old was killed.

Court documents show that on 27 September 2020, a group of people went to the skatepark where the fight took place and, during the fracas, the 18-year-old was allegedly stabbed by a 16-year-old boy who has since been charged with murder.

Emmanuel Umunakwe, 19, fronted the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday (27 April). He admitted his involvement in the brawl and pleaded guilty to charges of affray with five or more people present, as well as to damaging property.

The exact details he pleaded guilty to are unknown, but he did admit he assaulted the 18-year-old who was killed in the fight and damaged a car.

A number of people have been charged over the brawl, including several under the age of 18, but Umunawke is now the third man to admit to his involvement.

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In March, 19-year-old Montgomery Cole White was the first to plead guilty to charges of affray with five or more people present, assault and damaging a car.

Earlier this month, Jaxson Dillon Kirkwood, 26, also entered guilty pleas to charges of affray with five or more people present, as well as to assault and damaging a car.

Neither Umunawke, White nor Kirkwood are accused of killing the 18-year-old.

In the Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the prosecutor said he hoped one magistrate would preside over all the cases sent for sentence, for which he would be looking for a day-long hearing.

Magistrate Beth Campbell adjourned Umunawke’s case to 20 May, continued his bail and excused him from appearing if legally represented.

White and Kirkwood will next appear before the courts on 12 July.

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