A Northern Beaches teenager has been charged over the murder of a teenage boy at the Central Coast.

Just after 11.00pm Tuesday (11 January) emergency services were called to reports of a stabbing at Langford Drive, Kariong, at the Central Coast. They found a 13-year-old boy with stab wounds to his chest. NSW Police were told the teen was injured during an altercation.

Members of the community performed CPR on the boy before the arrival of NSW Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics. He was taken to Gosford Hospital in a critical condition but unfortunately died a short time later.

Officers attached to Brisbane Water Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers. Following inquiries, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at a home nearby at Kariong and taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with murder.

It is understood the two 13-year-old boys were known to each other, allegedly former friends, and the night time meeting at Kariong may have been an arranged confrontation.

According to Brisbane Waters’ Police Commander, Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson, one of the boys allegedly repeatedly stabbed the other in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Darryl Jobson

Darryl Jobson

“This is an incident of tragic proportions and the lives of many have changed forever. We are talking about two young males, 13 years of age, I’m very conscious of the sensitivities around that, particularly around identifying those males. We believe that there were about six witnesses at the incident,” said Det Supt Jobson.

The teenager was granted conditional bail in a children’s court yesterday (Wednesday, 12 January) on the provision he spend each night at his family home on the Northern Beaches, only leave the home with a parent or carer, and not enter the Central Coast for any reason other than attending court.

He must also report to Mona Vale Police Station twice a week and must not go near, nor attempt to contact, any member of the victim’s family nor access any form of social media.

Local detectives, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the teen’s murder. They are also being assisted by Forensic Child Interviewers from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Image: NSW Police

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