IT WAS an exchange of words that would change the lives of a group of friends forever.
Verbal taunts between three teenage girls and Patrick Crowe's group of friends sparked a brawl that ended in the fatal stabbing of the 22-year-old chef at a bus stop in Parramatta early on Sunday morning, court documents allege.
Christopher Brilliantes, 21, from Wentworthville, has been charged with the murder of Mr Crowe, and 18-year-old Auburn man Judel Godoy has been charged with concealing the killing from authorities.
Mr Crowe and his friends noticed the girls following them to the bus stop on Argyle Street, and a witness told police one of the girls made a phone call, saying ''I'm waiting at the bus stop''.
Soon after the phone call, five men were seen on CCTV footage running towards Mr Crowe, his friends and the girls, the documents said.
CCTV footage showed three of the men circling Mr Crowe, kicking and punching him, while another man - who police later identified as Brilliantes - stood at the back of the group holding a knife, the documents said.
Brilliantes allegedly threatened to stab one of Mr Crowe's friends, before moving towards the 22-year-old and stabbing him.
The group ran away, with Brilliantes and Godoy going into a laneway, the latter saying his friend had attempted to hand a knife to him and said the words ''clean it''. Godoy did not do as he was asked, he said, and said he only became aware that someone had been stabbed when the group returned to Brilliantes's unit.
Magistrate Alison Viney granted Godoy bail with several conditions, noting he had given a frank interview to police. Brilliantes did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.
The matter was adjourned to the same court on September 13.