Police release CCTV after 16-year-old stabbed in Sydney’s west during ‘fight over girl’

Police release CCTV after 16-year-old stabbed in Sydney’s west during ‘fight over girl’

07/20/2022

Police believe CCTV footage of two men walking down a street in Sydney’s west may be key in an investigation into the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old last month.

On June 4, emergency services were called to Australis Drive in Ropes Crossing near Mount Druitt following reports a stabbing had occurred at a small gathering at a home.

Police arrived to find Alosceous Jay Samarawickrama, who was about to start his air-conditioning apprenticeship before the attack, with a single stab wound to his chest. Paramedics performed CPR on the teenager but he died at the scene.

Police say the stabbing was not about drugs or gang-related, but are investigating whether a fight over a girl was the cause of the stabbing. The victim was not known to police.

Police are now appealing to the public for assistance in the investigation, releasing CCTV and a description of three males they believe could assist with inquiries. No arrests have been made as of yet.

Police have described the first male as of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander or Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, between 16 and 17 years old, and about 185cm tall with a thin build.

Paramedics performed CPR on the teenager but he died at the scene.Credit:Youth Against Violence/Facebook

The second male is believed to be Caucasian, between 16 and 17 years old, 185cm tall and obese, while the third male is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander or Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, between 16 and 17 years old, and of solid build.

Shortly after the incident, Mount Druitt’s Detective Chief Inspector Paul Tickner said three offenders were believed to have fled the scene.

“Young boys probably with hormones running through their system and somebody thought they had to defend the right of their girlfriend at the scene and that has led to a young boy being killed,” he said.

“They shouldn’t be carrying knives in the first place.”

Police found a kitchen knife in a nearby drain after the incident and are now working to establish if it was used in the stabbing.

Two people can be seen walking down the road in the footage.Credit:NSW Police Media

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