Australian teen accused of plotting school massacre to be tried as adult

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of planning to commit mass murder and kill as many students and staff as possible at a school in South Australia will now be charged as an adult.

The boy, now 17, was charged with solicit to murder after allegedly planning to carry out a massacre at a Riverland school before the end of term last year.

The alleged plot was chilling and involved launching a full scale attack on the South Australian school using guns, machetes and homemade bombs.


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During a brief appearance in the Youth Court today, prosecutor Tegan Mullan said they would be refiling the charges against the teen in the Adelaide Magistrates Court where he will be tried as an adult.

The teen’s 19-year-old co-accused is also charged with solicit to murder as well as four aggravated counts of threatening to kill.

The court heard the 19-year-old was obsessed with school shootings in the US and had fantasised about them since he was just 14.

In conversations with the then 16-year-old, the older of the two allegedly expressed his willingness to die and kept logbooks about his murderous desires.

The 19-year-old’s lawyer, however, claimed his client was a troubled teenager crying out for help.

Both teens remain in custody and are yet to enter pleas to the serious charges which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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