The murder case of a native teen in WA court



A man charged with beating an Indigenous teenager to death with a metal pole as he walked home from school in Perth has gone on trial.

Jack Steven James Brearley, 21, was charged with murder over the alleged attack on Cassius Turvey, 15, on October 13.

Brearley made a brief video appearance in the Western Australian Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Dressed in a green tracksuit, he confirmed his identity from Casuarina Prison in south Perth, but said little else.

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Attorney Ben Stanwix told the court the case was ready to go to a disclosure hearing and asked for a 10-week extension, which was granted.

Noongar Yamatji boy Cassius died in hospital 10 days after he was allegedly violently beaten while walking home from school in Middle Swan with friends.

It is alleged that Brearley pursued the youths before attacking Cassius, causing him a serious head injury.

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His death sparked a wave of grief and anger across the country, with some indigenous leaders condemning the alleged attack as cowardly and racist.

Cassius is remembered as a loving son and a role model to his friends. He had started his own lawn mowing business and at the age of 11 was invited to deliver a recognition of the land in the WA Parliament.

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Brearley has also been accused of beating up one of Cassius’s friends, who was on crutches.

The 21-year-old is in jail until the case comes to court on March 29.