Man charged with murdering teenager Cassius Turvey now faces more offences

The man accused of killing a Perth teenager with a metal pole was also charged with alleged assault on the boy’s friend.

Aboriginal schoolboy Cassius Turvey, 15, and his friends had just gotten off a bus and were walking along Patterson Drive in Middle Swan around 4:30 pm on October 13, when a black Ford Ranger van would pull up to them.

Police said Jack Steven James Brearley, 21, got out of the vehicle and ran towards them, hitting Cassius with a metal pole.

Cassius suffered severe head injuries, one seizure and two strokes, eventually ending up in an induced coma before dying on Sunday.

It was revealed on Friday that Mr. Brearley had been charged with aggravated assault which resulted in personal injury and theft.

“The man will be presumed to have assaulted a 13-year-old boy who was in the company of Cassius by hitting him with a metal pole, believed to be the handle of a shopping cart,” police said in a statement.

“The police will also claim that the man stole the boy’s crutches and cap.”

Mr. Brearley will face the Stirling Gardens Magistrates’ Court on November 9th.

A GoFundMe page for the Turvey family has raised over $ 388,000 so far.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday called the boy’s death a “terrible tragedy”.

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