A 19-year-old has admitted murdering NSW service station worker Zeeshan Akbar, just days after his 17-year-old accomplice also pleaded guilty.
The teens, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were aged 15 and 16 when they attacked Mr Akbar inside a Queanbeyan Caltex, took cigarettes and the cash till, and left the Pakistani man for dead during a violent rampage in April 2017.
The older teen on Monday pleaded guilty to murder and an armed robbery charge – just as his judge-alone trial was due to begin.
He also admitted to intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the carjacking of another man Sankalpa Mahatara in Queanbeyan some six hours after Mr Akbar’s murder.
The teen had been ready to face a Sydney jury last week, but that trial was scrapped after the younger teen entered pleas of guilty to murder and a carjacking-related charge.
Mr Akbar’s family were in court on Monday to hear the pleas but were too distressed to talk to media afterwards.
The facts of the case are not yet agreed upon, and will be discussed when the murderers face a sentence hearing on October 31.
Extracted from News.com.au