Cassius Turvey case: Jack Brearley faces court after allegedly bashing Indigenous schoolboy to death

Man, 21, accused of bashing Indigenous teen Cassius Turvey to death moments after he got off his school bus faces court in his prison greens

  • Lawyers defending Jack Brearley request 10-week adjournment
  • The break was granted as evidence still handed to the defence¬†
  • Jack Brearley, 21, allegedly murdered teen Cassius Turvey
  • Turvey, 15, died 10 days after allegedly being beaten with pole

A man accused of bashing an Indigenous teenager to death with a metal pole as he walked home from school in Perth has faced a court.

Jack Steven James Brearley, 21, was charged with murder over the alleged attack on Cassius Turvey, 15, on October 13.

Brearley briefly appeared on Wednesday via video-link in the Western Australian Magistrates Court.

Dressed in a green tracksuit, he confirmed his identity from Casuarina Prison in Perth’s south but said little else.

Lawyer Ben Stanwix told the court the case was ready to proceed to a disclosure committal hearing and asked for a 10-week adjournment, which was granted.

Lawyers defending 21-year-old Jack Brearley (pictured), charged with the murder of Indigenous teen Cassius Turvey, were granted a 10-week break while evidence is transferred

Lawyers defending 21-year-old Jack Brearley (pictured), charged with the murder of Indigenous teen Cassius Turvey, were granted a 10-week break while evidence is transferred

Cassius (pictured), 15, was allegedly chased and beaten with a metal pole by his friends, succumbing to the injuries 10 days later

Cassius (pictured), 15, was allegedly chased and beaten with a metal pole by his friends, succumbing to the injuries 10 days later

Noongar Yamatji boy Cassius died in hospital 10 days after he was allegedly violently beaten, while walking home from school in Middle Swan with friends.

It’s alleged Brearley chased the youths before attacking Cassius, leaving him with serious head injuries.

Prosecutors allege that Brearley chased Cassius and his friends as they were walking home from school before beating him with a metal pole, suspected to be from a shopping trolley.

Cassius was taken to a hospital with serious head injuries and discharged five days later.

However, Cassius then suffered two strokes and a seizure just hour after being discharged and was rushed back to hospital.

His death triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across the nation, with some Indigenous leaders condemning the alleged attack as cowardly and racist.

Cassius has been remembered as a loving son and a role model to his friends. 

He had started his own lawn mowing business and was invited at age 11 to deliver an acknowledgement of country at the WA parliament.

Brearley has also been charged with bashing one of Cassius’s friends, who had been on crutches.

The 21-year-old was remanded in custody until the matter returns to court on March 29. 

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