Families of victim and alleged killer meet in Queanbeyan Court

One of the accused appeared in court via video link on Wednesday morning.
One of the accused appeared in court via video link on Wednesday morning.

The family of murdered service station attendant Zeeshan Akbar came face to face with the family of one of his alleged killers in Queanbeyan Children’s Court.

The court case for the two alleged teenage killers of Mr Akbar continued on Wednesday.

One of the defendants appeared on screen via video link while Magistrate Michael Antrum did not call for an appearance of the other as he did not have legal representation.

The two Queanbeyan boys, aged 15 and 16, are charged with murder, robbery, wounding with intent to cause bodily harm, aggravated break and enter and aggravated car theft.

Mr Akbar’s mother and two of his brothers were present in the courtroom and were joined by family friends to act as interpreters.

The mother of one of the alleged killers was also in court and broke down as the family of Mr Akbar entered the courtroom and again when her son appeared on screen.

Mr Akbar’s mother sat silently while clutching a tissue.

The prosecutor told the court that an adjournment was necessary to secure outstanding postmortem results, further DNA evidence and finalise briefs.

The case is due to return in December. Bail was not applied for and was refused.