Gatecrashing teen charged over attack
A 16-year-old boy has been charged over the serious assault of a Sydney partygoer, 17, who remains in a coma after a metal rod was thrown at his head by a gatecrasher.
The 17-year-old boy is in a critical condition in Royal North Shore Hospital after trouble flared at a friend’s birthday party on Friday night at Forestville, on Sydney’s north shore.
Following regular police appeals for information, a 16-year-old boy from North Ryde handed himself in to Surry Hills police station on Tuesday afternoon before being arrested.
Police allege the boy threw a number of objects at the party, including the metal rod that struck the 17-year-old, as well as punching two other boys, aged 16 and 17, and pushing a 44-year-old man.
He has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of common assault, affray, and breach of bail.
He was refused bail and will appear in Bidura Children’s Court on Wednesday.
Around 50 people were enjoying themselves at the party when a group of gatecrashers attempted to get into the home about 11.30pm on Friday, police said.
A fight broke out, police allege, before one of the intruders went to the back of the house and began hurling building materials.
A metal rod penetrated the 17-year-old's head so deeply that part of the rod had to be cut off at the scene before he could be transported to Royal North Shore Hospital where doctors surgically removed it.