Three other people have been charged with the alleged murder of a 15-year-old boy who died of head injuries as he walked home from school with a group of friends.
Cassius Turvey died in hospital 10 days after the alleged attack last October, which happened in a suburb of Perth in Western Australia.
The teenager’s death has caused an outpouring of grief in the indigenous community and vigils have been held across Australia to demand “Justice for Cassius”.
The first murder charge was brought in October against Jack Steven James Brearley, 21, accused of assaulting Cassius with a metal pole.
Three other people charged with murder appeared in Perth Magistrates’ Court on Friday – Aleesha Louise Gilmore, 20, Mitchell Colin Forth, 24 and Brodie Lee Palmer, 27, according to the ABC, Australia’s public broadcaster.
None of the four defendants have pleaded guilty and will next appear in court on March 29.
In the days following Cassius’ death, theories emerged as to the motive for the alleged attack and, as anger mounted, Western Australia Police Commissioner Colonel Blanch issued a statement urging the community to “refrain from any unfounded speculation”.
Immediately after the alleged attack, Cassius was rushed to hospital with cuts to his ear and forehead and stayed for five days before being released, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family’s supporters. .
Hours after leaving hospital, Cassius suffered a seizure and two strokes and died surrounded by his family on October 23.
Thousands of people have donated to the GoFundMe page since its inception in October, raising just over half a million US dollars, nearly triple its goal.
Cassius’ mother, Mechelle Turvey, was in court on Friday to hear the charges read and released a statement thanking family supporters.
“On behalf of Cassius’ loved ones, we again thank everyone for their support,” the statement read. “News of 3 more people being charged is another step towards justice and healing for many.”
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