Ac­cused killer to stay in jail


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ra­pana

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.

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