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Sunday 21 October 2018

Woman (20) charged with murder of Irish boy (17) in Australia

Aya Hishmeh from Perth put her head in her hands as she was read the charges facing her
Aya Hishmeh from Perth put her head in her hands as she was read the charges facing her

Ryan Nugent

A 20-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the death of an Irish teenager who was hit by a car in Australia.

Jacob Cummins (17), originally from Dublin, was killed and four others were seriously injured when a vehicle allegedly driven by Aya Hishmeh struck them on Eucalyptus Boulevard, in Canning Vale, Perth, last Thursday afternoon.

Ms Hishmeh, from Canning Vale, appeared before Perth Magistrates Court at the weekend where she was charged with the murder of Jacob and the attempted unlawful killing of four others.

She put her face in her hands as she was read the charges and, at one point, had to be held up by prison officers.

She was remanded in custody to appear in court again on January 31.

Four of Jacob's friends were seriously injured in the incident, with one witness saying the teenagers were "scattered" over the road and face down in bushes following the crash.

Jacob Cummins died and four of his friends were seriously injured
Jacob Cummins died and four of his friends were seriously injured

His death happened around an hour after a fight between boys from two schools broke out in a park. The brawl then continued outside a McDonald's restaurant in Livingston where two people suffered minor stab wounds.

Police have described the brawl that led to the death of the Irish teen as a "school fight gone horribly wrong".

Local online newspaper 'WAToday' reported that around 100 people, including members of Jacob's family and his friends, gathered at Perth's Scarborough Beach for a memorial service for the teenager.

State Control Acting Inspector Dean Snashall, who attended the memorial to support the Cummins family, said a decision made by children to fight had ended in Jacob losing his life.

"What we are dealing with here is essentially a school fight that's got completely out of hand," he said.

"It's an absolute tragedy that a school fight can get to a situation where we have a person deceased and several people injured.

"There's no evidence to suggest any gang involvement here, the group is six or seven different nationalities, it's a diverse range of people.

"This is school kids who have had an altercation over a school yard matter and unfortunately a young 17-year-old has paid the ultimate price."

A woman whose two sons were at the initial fight in the park and at the brawl outside McDonald's said the violence was sparked when a group came to Canning Vale to fight a Canning Vale College student.

"[The group] randomly hit kids and tormented them, stealing bikes," she said.

Irish Independent

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