Ben Abio and Abraham Ajang Yaak face court over murder charge


A 13th person has been arrested over the deadly north Brisbane park brawl which claimed the life of a 19-year-old and injured 11 others.

A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed a 13th person had been arrested, but had not yet been charged.

It comes as two men were charged with the murder of Girum Mekonnen overnight, a day after 10 others were charged.

One of the men charged overnight will fight the charges, his lawyer has confirmed.

Security was on high alert as Ben Abio, 19, and Abraham Ajang Yaak, 26, fronted Brisbane Arrests Court on Friday morning over the alleged murder of Girum Mekonnen.

It followed emotional scenes outside court as the 10 men charged over the Zillmere brawl appeared in court on Thursday.

Yaak’s family members remained outside the court as he appeared via video link on Friday.

The Redbank Plains men were charged on Thursday night with 12 counts of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and one count each of murder, affray and disobedience to lawful order.

The arrests bring the total number of men charged in the ongoing investigation to 12.

Neither men made applications for bail as their matters were adjourned.

Yaak’s lawyer, Basil Karsas, said his client would contest the charges.

Outside court he told reporters Yaak was doing “all right” but said it was “too early to comment any further”.

Abio and Yaak are the latest men to be charged alongside Kresto Wal Wal, Yohana Wal Wal, Gabreal Wal Wal, Santo Wal, Majok Riel Majok, Anas Ayman Abdu Musa, Juma Makuol Deng Makuol, Chan Kuchmol Kon and Alex Edward Deng and Joseph Lokolong.

Police allege the group was involved in a violent gang brawl at O’Callaghan Park in Zillmere on September 13.

The fight resulted in the death of Mr Mekonnen, 19, after he was allegedly bashed and stabbed during the fight.

All 12 men will remain behind bars until their next appearance until November 16.

The Courier Mail reported Makuol, 23, had three outstanding warrants for his arrest when he was taken into custody on Wednesday.

He is also facing multiple charges of breaching his bail.