Trey Johnston – A 17-year-old male has been arrested on the suspicions of murder following the death of a teenager near Corindi Beach. A 17-year-old individual has been formally accused of the crime of murder subsequent to an inquiry conducted by the Coffs/Clarence Police District about the act of stabbing perpetrated against a male adolescent.
Emergency services were summoned to Pacific Street, located near Corindi Beach, which is situated around 26 kilometers north of Coffs Harbour. The incident occurred soon after 5:40 pm on Sunday, August 13, 2023. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a 16-year-old male who had sustained a stab wound to his thigh.
The law enforcement officers provided initial medical assistance to the individual until paramedics from NSW Ambulance arrived and subsequently transported the young male to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Unfortunately, the victim identified as Trey Johnston Piggott passed away at the scene. An investigation was initiated at the crime scene by Strike Force Cored, with the assistance of investigators from the Homicide Squad of the State Crime Command.
A GoFundMe Account has been created by the family of the victim to help raise funds for his funeral. “I am Billee-jo, aunty of Trey Johnston. I am creating this go fund on behalf of Trey’s mother Rikki Lea. Unfortunately, we lost our beautiful boy on Sunday the 13th due to a horrific stabbing in Corindi Beach. Trey was a beautiful, smart, intelligent, young boy who had his whole life ahead of him and we now are left with only memories. Trey was very well known throughout our community & loved dearly by so many.”
“Through this hard time we are trying to stand together as a family to support one another but most of all our sister Rikki and Trey’s siblings through this traumatic time. We are hoping to achieve $15,000 to cover the cost of a funeral/wake and also to be able to cover Rikki’s everyday expenses to help her get back on her feet. We appreciate all the support through our community through this time and we appreciate anyone who can make a donation.”
On Monday, August 14, 2023, at approximately 3:30 am, an adolescent male, aged 17, presented himself at the Coffs Harbour Police Station. The individual in question underwent an interview prior to being formally charged with offenses including murder, assault resulting in death, and possession of a forbidden substance.
The individual in question was denied the opportunity to be released on bail in order to attend a court hearing specifically designated for cases involving minors, scheduled for today, Monday, August 14, 2023.
In the ongoing investigation, those with relevant information are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Coffs Harbour Police or Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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