Mum of allegedly murdered teen Jason Galleghan breaks silence over son's brutal death

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The heartbroken mum of a teenage boy allegedly lured to an abandoned home before being beaten to death says she still can’t comprehend that it happened.

Jason Galleghan, 16, was found unresponsive with injuries to his head and chest at a home in Perigee Close, Doonside in Sydney’s west just before 6pm on August 4 this year.

He was rushed to Westmead Hospital where he later died.

Jason’s mum Rachel Galleghan on Tuesday broke her silence on his harrowing death and said she couldn’t believe her son’s future had been taken away from him.

“This is still something that I can’t believe has happened, I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I will never see my precious son Jason again and that his life was taken at the age of 16,” Ms Galleghan said.

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Camera IconTeenager Jason Galleghan died in hospital after allegedly being beaten in Doonside. Credit: Supplied

“Jason was such a kind person with a happy spirit. He was loving and generous and helpful to his sisters and to his family and friends.

“It is just so utterly devastating and heartbreaking that his future has been taken away from him.

“We have all lost the biggest part of us that can never be replaced.”

Ms Galleghan thanked the community for their support following her son’s death and urged them to continue their fight for Jason so that justice could be served.

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Camera IconJason Galleghan was just 16 years old when he was allegedly killed. Credit: Supplied

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Camera IconA candlelight vigil at the Doonside home where Jason was allegedly bashed to death. Jonathan Ng Credit: News Corp Australia

Seven people – four boys, aged 14, 15 and two aged 13, a 15-year-old girl, a 19-year-old woman, and a 29-year-old man – have been charged over their alleged roles in the incident and remain before the courts.

Police on Tuesday also released more CCTV footage in relation to Jason’s death.

Police said the footage showed two men they would like to speak to walking near the abandoned home in Perigee Close around the time of the fatal incident.

The first man is described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance and is seen wearing a black hooded jumper, black long pants, white sneakers and carrying a drink bottle.

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Camera IconOne of the men police would like to speak to. Credit: Supplied

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Camera IconA second man police would like to speak to. Credit: Supplied

The second man is described as wearing long black pants, a bright red and black hooded jumper and carrying a black, red and blue item.

Superintendent Steve Egginton said detectives would leave “no stone unturned” in their effort to get justice for Jason.

“At this point in the investigation, police are particularly interested in speaking with two individuals who may have been walking in the vicinity of the home on Perigee Close, Doonside, around the time of the fatal attack,” he said.

“These two men may hold vital information for investigators about the events leading up to Jason’s death.”

The 19-year-old charged in relation to the incident was later identified as young mother Kayla Dawson who spoke to TV crews in the days leading up to her arrest.

“I can’t go back to my house because it’s still under investigation,” she told 7 News at the time.

Ms Dawson was the sixth arrested over the alleged incident.

She was charged with murder, take or detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm, and cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent.

Strike Force Brens continues to investigate Jason’s death. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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