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Teenager’s life support ended after birthday | Bendigo Advertiser

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Mohammad Mohammadi was his mother’s lucky and handsome son, a wish granted after the arrival of four daughters. She believed that with a son she could overcome all the hardships and challenges life threw at her, including migrating to Australia after her husband died. But then Mohammad died. Days before his 18th birthday, he was fatally stabbed during a fight between two groups of friends in a Geelong shopping center car park in August 2020. A then 17-year-old boy is charged with his murder. Two other men also admitted to stabbing him in the arm and leg, after a blade had already pierced his heart. Mohammad underwent emergency surgery but was declared brain dead and had his life support turned off a day after his 18th birthday. Alith Wal, 20, and Nyal Mainyal, 21, admitted to intentionally causing serious injuries to Mohammad, whom they did not know. They also pleaded guilty to charges of brawling and bail offences. Wal admitted to being in possession of MDMA. Their actions, stabbing Mohammad after he was mortally wounded, were cowardly and despicable, Judge John Champion said. He wondered what young people thought about bringing knives to fights. “Don’t they understand that sticking a knife into someone is an inherently dangerous act? It’s not the movies and it’s not PlayStation,” he said. Mohammad’s mother collapsed in the Supreme Court, sitting in Geelong, as details of her son’s injuries were read out on Tuesday. His sisters spoke through tears about how their younger brother reminded them of their late father. His mother was hospitalized, being treated for heart disease, when her son died. “Not only did the stab wounds that pierced Mohammed’s heart and body kill him, but they also shattered my heart into a thousand pieces and killed my hope of living,” she said in a statement. Mohammed and a group of friends had planned to meet Mainyal, Wal and their friends at Corio Mall on August 23, 2020, to fight. Prosecutor Ray Gibson said versions differed as to who started the fight, but punches were thrown before Mohammad was stabbed in the chest. He took a few steps back, shouting in Dari, “I was stabbed with a weapon”. He fell to the ground and his friends backed towards the shops. They were first chased by the other group who then spotted Mohammad alone in the parking lot and surrounded him. Wal stabbed Mohammad in the armpit and Mainyal stabbed him in the leg. They fled, throwing the knives down the gutters and into the storm drains before returning to one of the boy’s houses. They will be sentenced later. Australian Associated Press


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