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Perth teen's accused killers fight charge

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016

The stepmother of a teenager who was found buried in the backyard of a house in Perth's south has broken down in court after the two women accused of killing him pleaded not guilty.

Aaron Pajich, 18, who had Asperger's syndrome, was found in a shallow grave covered with newly laid concrete at the rear of a property in Orelia in June, a week after a search was launched for the missing teen.

The occupants of the house, 25-year-old Jemma Victoria Lilley and Trudi Clare Lenon, 42, appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Wednesday when they formally entered pleas of not guilty.

Mr Pajich's stepmother Veronica Desmond burst into tears and quietly said "I hate you" as she looked at Lenon and Lilley on the television, while a friend embraced her.

She collapsed to the ground outside court, saying one of the accused had been close to the family so it was hard to handle.

Mr Pajich, who was an avid gamer, has been described by family and friends as a "beautiful soul".

The pair will next appear in court on December 12.

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