Murder charges laid after boy, 16, dies following alleged bashing

 The Sydney Morning Herald

By Carrie Fellner

August 7, 2021 — 3.48pm

Five teenagers have been charged with murder after a 16-year-old boy died in a western Sydney hospital on Saturday.

The boy was found unconscious, with head and chest injuries, after he was allegedly assaulted by the group at a home on Perigee Close in Doonside on Wednesday evening.

The boy was taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition but succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning.

Police established Strike Force Brens to investigate and charged two boys - aged 13 and 15 - and a girl, 15, in the hours after the alleged bashing.

A further two boys - aged 13 and 14 - were arrested at Ermington on Thursday afternoon following further inquiries.

All five teenagers have now been charged with murder, along with causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent and detaining in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm.

They have appeared in children’s court and were formally refused bail to reappear on Friday, August 13.

Investigations are continuing.


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