A pair of teenagers, accused of kicking and stomping a young man to death at a house party in Sydney’s west, will remain behind bars for at least two months.
Friends of 18-year-old Alex Ioane, who died at the Ingleburn gathering on Friday night, are calling for calm on the streets following the alleged attack.
Mr Ioane was standing outside the increasingly out-of-control party on Chester Road about 9.30pm when Tafuna Taumalolo allegedly came up behind him.
Taumalolo, also 18, allegedly karate kicked Mr Ioane in the back of the head.
“Thereafter police will allege that the 18-year-old man stomped on the unconscious male,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
“The young man was kicked in the head, he fell straight to the ground and did not move again.”
A 17-year-old, who was also at the party, allegedly joined in the unprovoked assault.
A guest inside the home called emergency services but, by the time paramedics arrived, Mr Ioane had serious head injuries.
He died at the scene.
“It was a senseless loss of life,” Mr Thurtell said.
Police allegedly found a number of weapons at the scene, including a baseball bat, golf club, and wooden and metal poles but later told reporters it appears no weapons were used in the attack.
After searching a home in Eagle Vale on Sunday, officers arrested Taumalolo and the 17-year-old and charged the pair with murder.
Mr Ioane’s friends, writing on Facebook on Saturday, said the young man didn’t deserve to die.
“Yesterday I lost a brother,” one wrote.
“I don’t want to lose another one this year – I know we love the streets, but our families love us more.”
Another warned violence would leave young people “dead or in jail”.
Taumalolo did not appear when his matter was briefly mentioned in Campbelltown Local Court on Monday.
His friends sat silently in the courtroom as his lawyer made no application for bail and it was formally refused.
The case is due back at the same court on July 31.
A cohort of riot squad officers also sat in the court, stood in the foyer and patrolled the street outside Campbelltown Courthouse through the morning.
“He’s a good guy,” one of Taumalolo’s friend’s told reporters outside court.
When asked if Taumalolo was a killer, the friend shook his head and said “No”.
The 17-year-old, who appeared at Campbelltown Children’s Court on Monday, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
He is expected before the same court again on July 22.
Police have interviewed multiple witnesses and are still investigating. They believe “other criminal offences” were committed during the night.