Litchfield group intimidated cyclist
'Litchfield group' intimidated cyclist

A cyclist who crossed paths with a group of teenagers on the night of sailmaker Tauri Litchfield's alleged murder told the Perth Children's Court this morning that he felt intimidated by the youths' "rowdy" behaviour.

John Henderson said he had been riding his push bike from his brother's home to his parents' house on March 17 last year when he came into contact with the group of teenagers on the corner of Pinjarra Road and George Street.

Six of the group have pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Litchfield, who prosecutors allege was assaulted and chased before falling from a wall and hitting his head on a bitumen car park.

Mr Litchfield, who suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury, died later that night in hospital.

Mr Henderson described the group as rowdy, saying the teenage boys had been yelling and screaming.

He said one of the teenagers called out to him to do a wheel stand and he replied that he might break his neck.

He told the court that one of the group replied: "I hope you break your f...ing neck."

Mr Henderson, who said there were about eight in the group of Aboriginal youths, said one of the boys was close to the back of his bicycle and he became worried and rode away.

Under cross-examination, Mr Henderson said he would not normally feel intimidated by a group of teenagers.

"It was not the fact that they were Aboriginal, it was the way they were carrying on," he said.

"They were a pretty rowdy lot, that is what intimidated me."

The trial will continue next week.

The West Australian

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