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Minutes before he was stabbed to death, a teenage boy stalked his attacker through a Sydney train and threw the first punch in the fatal brawl, a court has been told.
Andrew Motuliki, 17, of Marrickville, died after being stabbed in the chest during a fight between two groups of teenagers on a train at Campsie railway station on December 21 last year.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murdering Motuliki.
But at his committal hearing at Parramatta Children's Court on Thursday, prosecutors conceded that Motuliki threw the first punch during the melee.
"As the victim enters the (train) compartment he appears to have a raised fist, or his arm was raised in some way and starts to strike," Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Martin Jilek said.
"The young person (the defendant) is seen to be removing his hand from his pocket and the prosecution says that is when he produced the knife.
"The prosecution will concede that the victim struck the defendant first."
However, Mr Jilek said the defendant was prepared and had been holding a knife in his right hand pocket before the attack - which lasted just seconds.
"(The stabbing) was all in one movement and it's almost a pre-emptive strike, rather than a defensive strike," he said.
One of the boys in Motuliki's group told the court Motuliki had told them to follow the other group because they had "had an argument with my friend".
"I thought he was going to say a couple of words back and forth, but I wasn't expecting a fight," the teenager, who cannot be named, said.
"When it happened, it happened ... once it broke out we all ran in."
The hearing before Judge Mark Marien is continuing.
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