A 16-year-old charged with murdering an 18-year-old at a Weston skate park in the early hours of 27 September has been granted bail in the ACT Children’s Court.
The 16-year-old, who has also been charged with affray, was released on strict bail conditions by magistrate Louise Taylor yesterday (23 November) after hearing evidence from the defence and prosecutors.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, had been remanded in the Bimberi Youth Centre since his arrest on 28 October.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and affray over the fatal fight.
A 17-year-old, who has also been charged with affray, also pleaded not guilty and was granted bail during a hearing last month.
It is alleged that a large group of young people gathered at the Weston skate park on Dillon Close at about 1:00 am on 27 September following a series of threats via Snapchat between teenagers from Jerrabomberra and others from the Weston Creek area.
Those messages escalated to a point that they agreed to meet to fight and it’s alleged the 16-year-old used a knife to stab the victim multiple times. It is also alleged both parties involved were armed with multiple weapons including knives, a machete, a rake, shovel and pickaxe.
Despite an extensive search by police officers and members of the ACT State Emergency Services, a murder weapon has yet to be found.
A 16-year-old, who is a cousin of the deceased 18-year-old, also received multiple stab wounds during the brawl and was released from hospital in the days after the incident.
The bail conditions of the 16-year-old were suppressed, but both teenagers will appear in court again on 22 February.