3 Jul 2009

Sydney teens admit bashing NZ man to death

8:37 pm on 3 July 2009

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to bashing a New Zealand man to death at a sports ground in Sydney.

The offenders, who were 16 at the time of Christopher Leichester's death in 2007, were originally charged with murder. However, they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in New South Wales Supreme Court.

A court has previously been told that Mr Leichester, 20, was on his way to a party in Woolooware in Sydney's south on 24 November 2007.

As Mr Leichester crossed the sports ground he was set upon by a group of teenage boys who allegedly punched him to the ground and kicked him several times in the head.

According to a police statement of facts, Mr Leichester suffered a severed artery between his brain and central nervous system. He died in hospital a day after the attack.

Court documents revealed the attack appeared to have occurred because the teenagers mistakenly believed Mr Leichester had abused them a short time earlier.

However, a witness told police it was two other men who chased and hurled abuse at the teenagers' car.