Ten men face court over deadly Brisbane brawl that left South Sudanese community in shock
Ten men charged with murder over a Brisbane brawl that left one teenager dead and others critically injured have been mentioned in a Brisbane court.
Girum Mekonnen, 19, died after a fight between two groups of about 20 African youths at playing fields in Zillmere on Sunday afternoon.
Majok Riel Majok, Kresta Wal Wal, Anas Ayman Abdu Musa, Gabreal Wal Wal, Santo Wal, Juma Makuol Deng Makuol, Alex Edward Deng, Yohana Wal Wal, Joseph Lokolong and Chan Kon were all mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Charges for the 10, aged between 18 and 32, include murder, grievous bodily harm, affray and disobedience to lawful order.
Only Lokolong appeared briefly by video link and had no reaction to the charges.
Outside the court Lokolong’s lawyer Bruce Peters told reporters police had done a good job in bringing “this gang violence to a quick and succinct end”.
Beny Aterdit Bol, president of the Queensland African Communities Council, earlier told SBS News the South Sudanese community was left distraught by the “unexpected, very tragic incident”.
“The community is so shocked, it’s very upset,” Mr Bol said.
“A young person lost his life, a young person who had a bright future.”
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming on Wednesday said it will be alleged those involved went to Zillmere with the intent to assault the victims.
“This was an event that was highly confrontational and has been traumatic for the victims of the crime and their families,” he said.
“It’s just unacceptable to have people in a public space who are going about their business then attacked this way.”
Paramedics took 11 people to hospital suffering stab wounds and blunt force injuries after one group attacked another with knives and baseball bats.
Some of the victims were knifed in their torso, pelvis, head and face.
Three people remain in hospital with one in a serious condition.
Police believe three carloads of people arrived at the Zillmere park seeking retribution for another incident in Brisbane’s west on 8 September.
“It’s a horrific, unacceptable attack in our society,” Det Supt Fleming said.
“But retribution is not going to solve the problem.”
The 10 men were remanded in custody to return to court on 16 November for mention.