In a tragic turn, an Australian teenager was charred to death in a car - following a fire he and his friend set off to conceal evidence of their breaking in.
Now the boy who escaped, all of 16, has been charged with the manslaughter of his friend Jamie Collard, also 16. Apparently he didn't know his friend was still trapped when he ran away.
A resident called the fire brigade after noticing a vehicle was on fire in the car park of a shopping centre on Guildford Road, Perth, just before 2:00 am yesterday.
Firefighters called in police after finding the body of a 16 year-old boy from Swan View in the car.
Major Crime Squad detectives will allege the accused teen went to the car park with Jamie, where they broke into the car through one of the front doors and took away whatever they could from inside the vehicle.
But while one got away quickly, his mate was incinerated.
"It's a terrible way to die. (It's a) shocking way to meet your end," Detective Inspector David Bryson said.
"Essentially what we would say is that the car was set alight to ensure there was no evidence of both the deceased and the accused being in the car at any time.''
A post mortem was conducted this morning and police are awaiting full results of that examination.
The accused teenager has been charged with manslaughter, criminal damage and stealing.
He appeared in Midland Children's Court today but did not apply for bail. He was remanded in custody and is due to next appear in the Perth Children's Court on October 28.