Police are investigating whether the death of a teenage boy in an alleged brutal brawl took place in ‘postcode wars’ between wannabe gangs in western Sydney.
Oliver Coleman, 18 – known to his friends as ‘Orbski’ – died on the streets of Blacktown around 10pm on Wednesday night after he and several others were allegedly assaulted.
Two boys, both 15 years old, were taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital. One of them has been in critical condition since Friday morning.
Police believe about a dozen people were involved in the alleged fatal brawl.
Several were arrested in the following hours after an intensive search by helicopter.
An adult, a 21-year-old man and four 17-year-olds have been charged with a range of offences. A 13-year-old boy was also arrested but has not been charged.
Friends of the night flooded social media with tributes to Mr Coleman, one saying ‘fly high young king’ and another describing him as a ‘soulja’.
The death comes just four weeks after 16-year-old boy Jason Galleghan was reportedly beaten to death in a Doonside housing commission house.
Police will allege in court that Galleghan was forced to shout insults at a certain group of western Sydney youths who are linked to a postcode.
Superintendent Steve Eggington of the Blacktown Police Department confirmed that “zip code wars” is a line of inquiry for detectives in this latest alleged incident.
Friends raise money to pay for Mr. Coleman’s funeral through crowdfunding website GoFundMe
“It’s currently part of the investigation,” said Supt Eggington, adding that the alleged violence was “quite confrontational.”
Video showed officers leading a young man off the scene, his hands in paper bags.
During a line search, officers reportedly found broken butcher knives and batons scattered about the streets.
The crime scene stretched for about a kilometer.
Police conducted a line search through the streets of Blacktown on Thursday looking for evidence
Forensics and police detectives discuss their search during the investigation on Thursday
The 21-year-old man was charged with offenses including arguing, car owner not disclosing the driver/passenger identity, driving a motor vehicle while the driver’s license was suspended and failing to comply with public health regulations.
He was refused bail on Friday to appear in court in Blacktown.
The 17-year-olds were each charged with arguing and failing to follow public health regulations.
All four have been denied police bail. Two will appear in Parramatta Children’s Court today, while the others will appear in court in the coming weeks.
Cherub face of Sydney’s ‘zip code gang wars’ is seen for the first time since he was reportedly lured into a filthy house by a teenage mother and beaten to death – as his friends promise his senseless end will NOT be forgotten
With kind eyes and still chubby cheeks, this is Jason Galleghan – the boy, 16, who was reportedly beaten to death four weeks ago by a gang of teenagers in western Sydney.
Four boys and two girls – aged between 13 and 19 – have been charged with Jason’s murder after he was allegedly beaten up at a Doonside Housing Commission residence.
Jason’s mother gave permission for his identity to be published, while his best friend attempts to eradicate senseless youth violence.
Jason was a caring, kind and empathetic person who loved helping people and “never hurt a soul,” grieving friend Ouwais Menzel told Daily Mail Australia.
They grew up in South Coogee and loved going to the beach and body surfing together. Jason even dreamed of becoming a lifeguard.
“But those goals and dreams have been taken from him,” Menzel said.
Jason Galleghan, 16, was beaten to death earlier this month, reportedly by a gang of teenagers, at a house in Sydney’s western Doonside. Jason’s mother gave permission to identify him
Best buddies Ouwais Menzel (left) and Jason (right). Ouwais and a group of volunteers lead a new effort called Youth Against Violence to commemorate Jason and say ‘enough is enough’ against youth violence
Menzel and a group of volunteers are leading a new effort called Youth Against Violence to say “enough is enough.”
The group is supporting a memorial mural for Jason in Blacktown, which is expected to be painted next month.
In the longer term, they are planning memorials in Coogee and Doonside. They also hope one day to open youth centers to help guide children across the country away from violence.
“All I’m doing now is because I’ve lost my good friend,” Menzel said when the attempt started on Monday.
“It’s time this all stopped being brushed under the carpet and ignored and we ask for community and services to support us.
‘We are trying to achieve sustainable change nationally, enough is enough.’
The noble effort of Jason’s friends will simply be part of the young man’s legacy.
After doctors at Westmead Hospital broke the news that Jason could not be saved, his mother agreed to donate his organs to others in need.
That sweeping decision saved five more lives, his aunt said in a post on a community fundraising page.
Bouquets of flowers, balloons and candles piled outside the Doonside housing commission’s home, where Jason Galleghan was reportedly beaten to death
An emotionally charged poem was pinned to the front gate of the Doonside house entitled ‘You Never Said Goodbye’
A boy leaves a bunch of flowers for Jason. Daily Mail Australia understands his family has been touched by the tremendous support from the community
About two weeks ago, dozens of supporters held candlelight vigils outside the area where Jason was allegedly attacked.
Hundreds of balloons, bouquets and statements of support were attached to the front gate.
One placard was a plea to “stop the violence,” while another called for justice for the dead boy.
Another person left a heartbreaking poem titled “You Never Said Goodbye.” “If love alone could have saved you, you would never have died,” it read.
‘In life your mother loved you dearly, in death she still loves you. In her heart you have a place that no one could ever fill.
“It broke her heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. Because part of her went with you the day you let your wings grow.’
It was a powerful and moving counterpoint to the horrific scenes that police say took place at the property.
Police will allege that Jason was lured there over a dispute over a pair of AirPods and amid “zip code wars” between youths from different parts of western Sydney.
Kayla Dawson – the 19-year-old resident of the Doonside house where Jason was allegedly beaten – has been charged with murder
If Ms. Dawson doesn’t return to housing commission property (above), it will eventually be made available to another family, government sources confirmed
The alleged bashing on the afternoon of August 4 left Jason brain dead, with collapsed lungs and trauma to his face and body.
In court, police will allege that Kayla Dawson, the 19-year-old resident of the home, called an ambulance after several other alleged perpetrators left.
The Parramatta Children’s Court has previously heard that another teen charged with the murder of Jason is accused of beating him 52 times.
Video of the alleged horrific attack will serve as police evidence against the teens.
Government sources have confirmed that the property where the crime allegedly took place will likely one day be home to another family.
That day will not happen anytime soon, as legal proceedings against Dawson continue on foot.
If or when the home becomes available, authorities are required to disclose the property’s history.
Jason’s mother has asked for privacy as she grieves. Community members have raised $50,000 to help the family.