A man has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old Aboriginal boy in Perth, who, according to police, died of a head injury after being struck with a metal pole.
Police said teenage Cassius Turvey and a group of friends were approached on Oct. 13 by a 21-year-old man as he was walking home from school in Middle Swan on the outskirts of Perth.
The man got out of a black Ford Ranger in which he was a passenger, before allegedly attacking Turvey with a metal pole.
The suspect suffered damage to his vehicle the day before the attack, police said.
Reports of alleged racist comments towards Turvey are being investigated.
“His motivation is subject to further investigation, he clearly saw the group of children walking and approached that group,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Cleal said Monday.
“We believe that a metal pole was used in the attack, at this stage we have not seized a metal pole…I urge anyone with information to contact the police.”
The man from Middle Swan has been charged with murder.
He is due to appear before Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on November 9.