Australian man accused of torturing a 17-year-old allegedly decided to kill him so he ‘wouldn’t snitch’ – before the teen’s naked body was dumped in a shallow grave
- Sydney man accused of torturing a 17-year-old in 2019
- A witness told the court the man decided to kill him so he wouldn’t snitch
- The body of the 17-year-old was found in a shallow grave in the Blue Mountains
A Sydney man accused of torturing of a 17-year-old decided to kill him so he wouldn’t snitch, a witness has told a court.
Yigit Can Erdogan, known as John, has pleaded not guilty to murder and detaining a person in company to gain an advantage in a Supreme Court trial.
The 22-year-old is accused of orchestrating the torture and murder of a teen in 2019 over allegedly stolen property.
The body of the 17-year-old was found in a shallow grave in the Blue Mountains, wrapped in plastic and tape, eight days after he was last seen by his family.
Yigit Can Erdogan (pictured), known as John, has pleaded not guilty to murder and detaining a person in company to gain an advantage in a Supreme Court trial on Monday
He is accused of orchestrating the torture and murder of Justin Tsang (pictured) in 2019 over allegedly stolen property
The prosecutor alleges he was found naked bar his underwear, with 25 stab wounds to his neck, a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain.
He had been detained, threatened and hit by Erdogan on March 12, 2019, Ken McKay said when opening the crown case, before he was forced into a car with a group and driven around in an attempt to obtain money from people who knew him.
On Wednesday a witness who was present for parts of the attack told the court what he remembered after the group returned to the house.
The witness – who cannot be identified – says he saw teen sitting in the hallway, stripped down to his underwear, before he left the room.
‘He still looked distressed,’ the man said.
‘I also had been distressed by what was happening.’
Some time later, Erdogan found the man and told him to soundproof the house and close the blinds.
He did so, before again excusing himself to another part of the house and putting on headphones.
‘The next thing I remember … John had opened the door … and he had said, “This kid is so injured that if we take him to a hospital he is going to snitch. We need to kill him”,’ the man told the court.
‘I did not say anything. I was in shock.’
‘Not long after – I could hear it over my own headphones – there was very loud banging multiple times.’
The witness went to police in the days after the attack, and has escaped charge.
Erdogan admits participating in some of the early parts of the alleged saga and the clean-up, his lawyer told the court earlier this week, but he disputes “anything in the middle”.
The trial continues.
The body of the 17-year-old was found in a shallow grave in the Blue Mountains, wrapped in plastic and tape, eight days after he was last seen by his family. (Pictured: Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains)