Youths appear in court charged over Balga bashing death

More than 3400 Facebook users have shown their support for a tribute page dedicated to the 16-year-old who was beaten and left unconscious in Balga’s Princess Wallington Reserve about 2pm on December 22.

The teenager was placed on life support after being rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition but died from his injuries.

Police have charged a 16-year-old Balga youth with grievous bodily harm and a 16-year-old from Westminster, a 16-year-old from Warnbro and a 15-year-old Marangaroo youth with aggravated robbery and grievous bodily harm.

Police allege the boys had arranged to meet the victim at the Balga park.

Tributes were still being posted on a Facebook page as recently as last Thursday.

Some of those commenting hoped the student’s death would prompt a community stand against violence.

‘We must come together as a community, as a state (and) as a nation to stop this cruel senseless violence,’ Facebook user Maggie Somers wrote.

Perth mum Niki Green-Jones wrote: ‘agree wholeheartedly that we need to stand up on this one’.

The accused Balga teenager indicated he would plead not guilty when he fronted Perth Children’s Court yesterday after his initial hearing on December 23.

The accused Westminster, Warnbro and Marangaroo youths faced Perth Children’s Court on December 24 and were remanded in custody to appear on January 14.