Melbourne: A 16-year-old boy Wednesday
pleaded guilty to killing Indian student Nitin Garg, a crime which threatened Australia`s ties with India.
The teenager, whose identity has not been revealed,
appeared in Supreme court where he pleaded guilty to one count
of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery in the
killing of Garg.
21-year-old Garg, who migrated from Punjab, was
fatally stabbed in the abdomen by assailants in Cruickshank
Park in Melbourne`s Yarraville while on his way to work in
January last year.
The teenager`s friend was sentenced to 18 months
probation last year after agreeing to testify against the
murderer in a trial and pleading guilty to accessory to
The friend`s plea hearing was told that he had worn a
wire to record the murderer talking about the crime.
The murder, which followed a series of attacks on
Indians, made international headlines and provoked fear among
Indian students in Australia.
The incident led to outcry in India, forcing the
police authorities to solve it. The police reportedly planted
a recording device at his house where the murderer`s mother
told her son `I knew you did it`.
The accessory agreed to wear a wire to record
conversations between himself and his friend and police also
installed listening devices at the accused murderer`s home.
In one, the boy`s mother asked, "Did you do it?"
Son replied, "Yeah."
Mother, "Yeah, I knew you did it". Son: "I come back
and I just saw him walking there. Had the biggest knife [with]
me, a big silver one and I saw him."
Mother, "Yeah, and you don`t mention about having any
knives at all if they ask you."
Son, "Definitely not."
The teenager was remanded in custody to appear in the
Victorian Supreme Court for a pre-sentence hearing in June.