A 16-year-old boy allegedly punched and kicked 19-year-old law student Laa Chol before disposing of the knife used to stab her, a Melbourne court has heard.
- Prosecutor says the accused took a knife from Ms Chol’s alleged killer after the attack
- Defence lawyer admits there was a fight between the accused and Ms Chol
- Defence argues there is no evidence the accused was immediately aware of Ms Chol’s life-threatening injuries
The boy was charged with being an accessory to murder and assault after Ms Chol was attacked at a short-stay apartment at the EQ Tower in Melbourne on July 21.
Ms Chol died from her injuries shortly after the attack.
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The magistrate viewed footage from a CCTV camera located in the hallway outside the room, which showed events from 5:15am on July 21.
“This accused can be seen punching and kicking the victim,” the prosecutor told the court.
The other boy allegedly involved in the attack — a 17-year-old male facing a murder charge — “pulled a knife from his pocket” and then stabbed Ms Chol, the court heard.
Ms Chol then went “back into the room they’ve rented and [collapsed] inside the room,” the prosecutor said.
The court heard the 17-year-old — Ms Chol’s alleged killer — then put his fingers to his lips and made a “shhh-type motion” before the accused gestured for him to hand over the knife.
The knife was not found by police.
‘No evidence’ accused was aware of fatal injuries
The boy’s defence lawyer admitted his client and Ms Chol were involved in a fight.
“He admits to the fight,” the defence lawyer said.
“They [were] facing each other and they [were] assaulting each other.”
The court heard witnesses were talking about Ms Chol bleeding and being stabbed.
The defence lawyer said there was no evidence his client was aware as he took the lift to the ground floor that Ms Chol had suffered life-threatening injuries.
“[The prosecution] have to prove that he was aware about the murder … that he’s aware that he’s committed an indictable offence when he’s done what he is alleged to have done,” the defence lawyer said.
Today’s hearing was delayed because the accused did not show up for the morning hearing.
“It won’t go away just because you don’t turn up,” the magistrate warned him.
The prosecution questioned whether the case should be dealt with by the Supreme Court where the maximum sentence for accessory to murder is 20 years rather than the Children’s Court where the term would be three to four years.
The boy’s case will return to court on November 1.