A TEENAGE girl allegedly stood laughing as a young autistic boy was allegedly beaten to death with an axe, a court was told yesterday.
The girl – who was 16 at the time and cannot be named for legal reasons – had allegedly hatched a plan with one of Timothy O’Brien’s accused killers to lure the 14-year-old’s stepfather, Peter Williams, to a Scarsdale farmhouse so he could be bashed.
Timothy, 14, was killed in the early hours of January 5 this year by what police say was severe trauma to the head caused by up to 20 blows from an axe.
Giving evidence in a committal hearing for the three accused killers in Ballarat Magistrates Court, another teenage girl, who witnessed most of the brutal attack, said Darren Wilson and the 16-year-old girl had planned the attack on Peter Williams because of a mutual desire to bash him.
The witness said she had heard Wilson and the girl discuss how they would lure Mr Williams to the property by telling him they were fearful of prowlers.
She told the court she screamed at the accused killers to get off Timothy, while the other girl stood there laughing.
Darren Wilson, 33, Joel Henderson, 40 and Lisa Trezise, 29, all of Ballarat, are charged with the murder.
Henderson’s mother yesterday gave evidence saying her son, who has an acquired brain injury, had warned her not to let Wilson know where he was in the months leading up to the attack.
“He (Wilson) just constantly came to the house,” she told the court.
“Joel said to me at least three times, ‘Mum, if Darren comes here tell him I’m not home’.”
The 16-year-old girl who allegedly hatched the plan with Wilson also gave evidence in which she denied any wrongdoing.
The five-day committal hearing before magistrate Michelle Hodgson continues.