Perth teenager found guilty of Petr Levkovskiy’s murder in Bull Creek clash over stolen bike

A Perth teenager is facing a possible life jail term after being found guilty of murdering a stranger during a confrontation over a bike he had stolen from a 10-year-old boy.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, was 15 in May last year when he used an 18-centimetre filleting knife he was carrying to stab 42-year-old Petr Levkovskiy in the abdomen, on a Sunday morning in the southern Perth suburb of Bull Creek.

Mr Levkovskiy and his wife had been following the teenager in their car after hearing the cries of the 10-year-old boy, whose mountain bike he had stolen minutes earlier.

Mr Levkovskiy collapsed immediately on the driveway of a nearby house and was pronounced dead hours later in hospital.

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Petr Levkovskiy and his wife Anna Levkovskaya were trying to recover a stolen bicycle.(Facebook: Anna Levkovskaya)

The teenager was charged with his murder the next day and elected to have his fate determined by a Supreme Court jury rather than in the Children’s Court, where a judge sitting alone would have presided over the case.

After a nine-day trial, the jury deliberated for about seven hours over two days before finding the teenager, who is now aged 16, guilty of murder.

Wife pays tribute to ‘family man’

Mr Levkovskiy’s widow Anna Levkovskaya spoke outside court after the jury delivered its ruling, remembering Petr as a family man who was always curious about the world.

“There are no words to describe how deeply Petr is missed every day,” Ms Levkovskaya said.

“Petr was a family person who always cared about us.

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Ms Levkovskaya described Mr Levkovskiy as a “kind and caring” person who always helped others. (ABC News: Cason Ho)

“He made sure that we spent time together, whether it would be going on walks or watching a movie.

“Petr was someone that you could always have a good time with and made you want to be a better person.

“Most of all he was a caring person who always wanted to help.

“That day Petr wanted to help those boys without a second thought and that is something we admire in him. 

“His kind and caring nature will be remembered by everyone who knew him.”

Stabbing ‘intentional and deliberate’

Prosecutor Paul Usher had submitted the stabbing was “intentional and deliberate” and argued the teenager had armed himself with the knife to use it against another person “when the time arose”.

The prosecution highlighted the teenager’s conduct after the stabbing, including hiding the knife and his clothing in bushes, and how his friend recorded him on a mobile phone as he demonstrated how he stabbed Mr Levkovskiy.

A filleting knife lies on a grey surface alongside its scabbard and next to a ruler to show its size.
The filleting knife that was used to fatally stab Mr Levkovskiy.(Supplied: Supreme Court of WA)

The court also heard that hours later, the teenager asked his father to give him his passport so he could go to Asia to be with relatives.

But defence barrister Simon Freitag SC had urged the jury to find his client guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter, telling the court his client had only meant to stab Mr Levkovskiy in the leg and had not intended to cause him an injury that would endanger his life.

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The stolen bike was left on a Bull Creek street after the fatal stabbing.(Supplied: Supreme Court of WA)

The murder verdict means that despite being a juvenile, the teenager can still be sentenced to life imprisonment, although it is not the only option available to the sentencing judge who can impose a lesser term because of the teenager’s age.

The teenager has been held in custody at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre since his arrest, and he was again remanded in custody to face a sentencing hearing in March.