Published Echo News January 27, 2023
THREE more people have been charged with the murder of Noongar-Yamatji boy Cassius Turvey.
Mitchell Colin Forth (24) of Chidlow, Brodie Lee Palmer (27) of Wundowie and Aleesha Louise Gilmore (20) of Herne Hill faced Perth Magistrates Court last Friday where their charges were read to them.
On October 13 last year Cassius was walking with friends along Patterson Drive in Middle Swan when he was allegedly attacked with a metal pole by 21-year-old Jack Steven James Brearley.
Cassius spent five days in hospital before being sent home where he suffered a seizure and two strokes.
He was placed in an induced coma but died on October 23.
The trio join Mr Brearley, who was charged with unlawful wounding, later upgraded to murder.
Mr Brearley was also accused of attacking a 13-year-old on crutches, who was with Cassius at the time.
In the days and weeks after Cassius’ death, thousands gathered across Australia at more than 40 vigils and rallies to remember his life.
At the Perth rally Cassius’s mother Mechelle Turvey called for an end to violence and support for local youth.
“I don’t want any more violence, I am the only person who can get justice for my son…violence breeds violence, I want calm and peace,” Ms Turvey said.
“I want a kids matter program that instils empowerment in my Midland community.
“We want these kids matter programs to begin in Midland where a significant proportion of the population are indigenous, which hopefully spread across the country at pace for lost and troubled young souls.”
In December the City of Swan approved plans for a remembrance space in Weeip Park to honour Cassius and early this month Ms Turvey accepted a volunteer advisory role with the WA Police to help victims of crime.
Forth, Palmer and Gilmore are scheduled to appear at Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on March 29.