“When I came to Australia, I thought I’d run away from all the trouble. I was very happy here. Liep was the one who taught me everything,” Martha Ojulo told hundreds gathered outside the steps of Victorian Parliament today.
On September 26, 2017, 19-year-old Liep Gony went shopping in preparation for his sister’s wedding. He never returned.
He was attacked in Noble Park by two men with metal poles and left for dead on a nature strip. The court heard one of the men had sprayed ‘fuck da n***as’ on the lounge room wall of the house he was renting. The other man was heard yelling “kill the blacks”.
But Supreme Court sentencing judge Elizabeth Curtain was not convinced the crime was racially motivated. His family believe otherwise.
“My son was not killed because he fought someone. My son was not killed because he did something wrong. My son was killed because of the colour of his skin,” said his mother today through an interpreter.