Father jailed for ‘vengeful’ killing of Brandon Siaa at Banktown train station


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A young father who stabbed a teenager and told him “I run Bankstown, I own Bankstown” has been sentenced to at least 18 years in prison for a “cowardly, vicious, vengeful and premeditated attack”.
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Mosa Julius Mbele, 24, armed himself with a dagger and a hoodie and went to Bankstown train station to confront Brandon Siaa, 16, on May 25, 2011, two hours after the pair had a heated fight about dominance in the Bankstown area.

At 6.48pm, Mbele approached Mr Siaa, slapped him across the face twice and produced a large dagger from underneath his jumper.

Friends tried to separate the pair but, after exchanging some angry words, Mbele stabbed Mr Siaa in the heart so severely that the blade snapped off and Mr Siaa died within minutes in front of his brothers, friends and shocked commuters.

In sentencing Mbele to prison on Friday afternoon, Justice Megan Latham accepted that Mr Siaa had racially taunted him by calling him a “nigger” but she said such provocation “was the consequence of the offender’s own aggression towards the victim”.

Two hours earlier the men, whose animosity arose out of being part of rival Bankstown groups, had traded punches and Mbele had warned that he “owned” the suburb.

Justice Latham rejected Mbele’s argument that he was acting in self-defence during the fatal encounter, saying that “at no stage did [Mr Siaa] threaten him in any way”.

Rather, he stood over his victim “menacingly” and deliberately assaulted and antagonised him because of a toxic mix of his own anger, immaturity and insecurity that Mr Siaa was much larger than him.

“This was a cowardly, vicious, vengeful and pre-meditated attack which was out of all proportion to the petty animosity that existed between them,” Justice Latham said.

She was scathing of Mbele in her judgment, saying that little of his evidence could be taken as credible and he showed no remorse or desire to undertake steps to understand what he had done.

Mbele’s South African parents had little idea of their son’s true character and believed him to be a non-violent boy, she said.

Justice Latham sentenced Mbele to 26 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 18 years.

Dozens of Mr Siaa’s relatives attended the Supreme Court on Friday and cried after the lengthy sentence was handed down.

“The court is acutely aware of the devastating effects on them,” Justice Latham said. “The violent way [in which Mr Siaa was killed] must haunt their daily lives.”

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A young father who stabbed a teenager and told him “I run Bankstown, I own Bankstown” has been sentenced to at least 18 years in prison for a “cowardly, vicious, vengeful and premeditated attack”.
Nanjing Night Net

Mosa Julius Mbele, 24, armed himself with a dagger and a hoodie and went to Bankstown train station to confront Brandon Siaa, 16, on May 25, 2011, two hours after the pair had a heated fight about dominance in the Bankstown area.

At 6.48pm, Mbele approached Mr Siaa, slapped him across the face twice and produced a large dagger from underneath his jumper.

Friends tried to separate the pair but, after exchanging some angry words, Mbele stabbed Mr Siaa in the heart so severely that the blade snapped off and Mr Siaa died within minutes in front of his brothers, friends and shocked commuters.

In sentencing Mbele to prison on Friday afternoon, Justice Megan Latham accepted that Mr Siaa had racially taunted him by calling him a “nigger” but she said such provocation “was the consequence of the offender’s own aggression towards the victim”.

Two hours earlier the men, whose animosity arose out of being part of rival Bankstown groups, had traded punches and Mbele had warned that he “owned” the suburb.

Justice Latham rejected Mbele’s argument that he was acting in self-defence during the fatal encounter, saying that “at no stage did [Mr Siaa] threaten him in any way”.

Rather, he stood over his victim “menacingly” and deliberately assaulted and antagonised him because of a toxic mix of his own anger, immaturity and insecurity that Mr Siaa was much larger than him.

“This was a cowardly, vicious, vengeful and pre-meditated attack which was out of all proportion to the petty animosity that existed between them,” Justice Latham said.

She was scathing of Mbele in her judgment, saying that little of his evidence could be taken as credible and he showed no remorse or desire to undertake steps to understand what he had done.

Mbele’s South African parents had little idea of their son’s true character and believed him to be a non-violent boy, she said.

Justice Latham sentenced Mbele to 26 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 18 years.

Dozens of Mr Siaa’s relatives attended the Supreme Court on Friday and cried after the lengthy sentence was handed down.

“The court is acutely aware of the devastating effects on them,” Justice Latham said. “The violent way [in which Mr Siaa was killed] must haunt their daily lives.”

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