15-year-old Oz teen boasted about murdering Nitin Garg.
Twenty-one-year-old Garg was stabbed to death in Cruikshank Park, Yarraville, in January 2010.
He was walking to his place of work at Hungry Jack's when the teenager and a friend approached him and demanded that he hand over his phone.
The Australian teen will become one of the youngest people in Victoria to be sentenced for murder after pleading guilty to the stabbing death of Garg.
Despite phone intercepts recording the boy, now 16, boasting of the killing and at one point saying, "I don't know what's better, if he died or didn't die," defence lawyer Marcus Dempsey said there was remorse and the unintentional murder was a result of his immaturity and a spontaneous attempted robbery of Garg's mobile phone.
"At 15-and-a-half it seems (he) is one of the youngest people in this state to commit the offence of felony murder," Dempsey told Supreme Court judge Justice Paul Coghlan.
The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, is one of only a dozen children who have faced murder charges in the Supreme Court, with other sentences ranging from six to 16 years in custody, the court heard.
The Garg killing took place during a period when a number of Indian students and cab drivers were assaulted and robbed, causing caused outrage in Australia and India. (ANI)
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|Date:||Jun 6, 2011|
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