Accused killer to stay in jail
NO BAIL FOR TEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF PABEEK GAAK
THE teenager accused of murdering a man whose body was found on a Mt Druitt footpath will remain behind bars.
Marko Akok, 18, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused when his matter came before Blacktown Court on Thursday.
Pabeek Gaak’s battered body was found by passersby behind shops in Mt Druitt just after midnight on Wednesday.
Emergency services were called to Ralph Place about 12.30am following reports that a man had suffered serious injuries.
Police believe the 23-year- old died some time between 10pm on Tuesday and midnight.
Mt Druitt Detective Inspector Dave Goddard said two members of the public had found Mr Gaak already dead with facial injuries.
Not long after Mr Gaak was discovered, Mr Akok was arrested and taken to the Blacktown police station, where he was charged with murder. His matter will return to court in December.
The devastated family of Mr Gaak, who was from South Sudan, gathered outside Mt Druitt police station on Friday.
His sister collapsed with grief.
South Sudanese community leader Emmanuel Kondok said the community was shocked by the death of Mr Gaak, whom he described as a “very good young man”.
“He was a very co-operative, active and socially good man,” Mr Kondok said. The community leader said the boy had “no trouble at all”, but was “a man of everybody” who had friends across the South Sudanese and the wider Australian community.
“This is a disaster that the young people do … you never know, a good fellow can be hurt by anyone,” Mr Kondok said.