ACT High Court jury should have no difficulty finding teenager killed during fight at Canberra skate park, court says

A boy on trial for the murder of a man during a fight at the Weston Creek skate park fabricated a claim that he found a knife on the ground during the fight, prosecutors say.

The 17-year-old, who was 15 at the time, admitted stabbing the victim’s cousin while trying to shield his friend in the melee, but denies getting close to the man who died.

The court previously heard the knife was never recovered and the boy said he had dropped it down a drain the next day.

Prosecutor Rebecca Christensen told the jury today that the man’s death was a tragedy that should have been prevented.

He admitted that no one had seen the boy stab the victim and that the evidence was circumstantial.

But she told the jury that, looking at all the evidence, it was clear that the boy was the only one with a knife at the skate park that night, and that the number and depth of the stab wounds revealed the crime.

The court heard that the brawl in the park had been staged after an angry exchange on Snapchat and originally involved two groups, quickly followed by a third group in an SUV, who had been called in as backup.

Prosecutor Rebecca Christensen suggested that the defendant made up his version of picking up the knife to explain the victim’s blood found on his pants.(ABC News: Isaac Nowroozi)

Ms. Christensen told the jury that the most likely chain of events was that the victim, who was driving one of the first two cars to arrive at the skate park, was attacked by those in the third car, while her cousin, who was in the passenger. her side fought against the children of the other car.

She said the cousin was stabbed during this fight, before a boy got out of the victim’s car with what looked like a machete.

The blade turned out to be a toy, which one of the children had taken in case they needed a deterrent.

Ms Christensen said at the break when the men from the truck grabbed yard tools, which they used to vandalize the victim’s car, and while everyone’s attention was elsewhere, the boy took the opportunity to stab the man. repeatedly.

She said there was substantial evidence to support the murder charge, including forensic evidence showing blood from both victims on the inside waistband of their pants, where the knife had been inserted.

Christensen said there was very little blood on the others.

And she said the boy had also made admissions in the days since, and a witness told the court that he heard the boy say it was him and he was going to run away, and that he was sorry.

Ms. Christensen also disputed the boy’s account of seeing the victim fighting with the men in the car while picking up the knife.

She said evidence from the forensic pathologist, Johan Duflou, showed this would have been impossible.

“I suggest [the accused] invented this story of picking up the knife to explain how [the victim’s] the blood got on his pants.”

A close-up of blood drops on a concrete sidewalk, with a police number one sign and a red marker next to it.
The defendant told a witness that he had stabbed someone seven times, however, the victim’s cousin was only stabbed once, casting doubt on his claim that he did not stab the victim.(ABC News: Andrew Kennedy)

The boy gave evidence at the trial, telling the court that at first he thought he had killed someone, but neither he nor any of his friends knew who had died.

He said that when he saw a police statement of the events two months later and saw that the driver had died, he realized that he had not killed anyone.

But Ms Christensen has cast doubt on that account, reminding the jury that she had told one of the other witnesses that she had stabbed someone seven times.

The victim’s cousin was stabbed only once, and Christensen said police were careful not to reveal that the man had been stabbed six times, something that only came to light at trial.

But she said it seemed like the only possibility.

The boy’s attorney, David Barrow, will not give his address to the jury until next week.

But he has already told the court that he will present a theory that points the finger at one of the other witnesses and shows that the boy is telling the truth.

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