4 Teens charged over serious assault

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Four teenagers have been remanded in custody over an assault at Oaklands Park train station that has left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

The Adelaide Youth Court heard there had been an argument between the victim and one of the teens, who was not known to him, near the station just after 5:00pm on Wednesday. Four youths allegedly threw sticks and stones at the victim after the argument. The court heard one of the co-accused — a 14-year-old from Seaford Meadows — admitted to then punching the victim which caused him to fall to the ground. The boy did not apply for bail in court today, nor did his co-accused, a 17-year-old girl from Dover Gardens. The lawyer of a 14-year-old boy, from Aberfoyle Park, applied for bail on the basis his client "threw no punches at all" and played a "minor" part in the offence. Magistrate Luke Davis denied the bail application, saying there was an ongoing investigation into the alleged offence, the boy had only just been released from detention on Sunday for a previous offence and had a criminal history. "It's appalling that you [would] be involved in this sort of thing after just being released," Magistrate Davis said.

Victim in hospital with possible brain injury

Prosecutor Alix Phair said the victim was in an induced coma in the Flinders Medical Centre with a possible brain injury. She said a number of witnesses were at the train station at the time of the alleged assault, including an off-duty police officer who she said had helped identify and arrest three of the co-accused. The three youths were arrested about 9:40pm on Wednesday at Dover Gardens and all were charged with aggravated assault causing serious harm. The matter has been adjourned until December 21. A 15-year-old girl, from Noarlunga Downs, was later arrested on Gouger Street about 1:00pm on Thursday and charged with aggravated assault causing serious harm. She was refused bail and will appear in the Adelaide Youth Court on Friday.

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