Victim: Manrajwinder Singh

Victim: Manrajwinder Singh.

A teenage boy accused of bashing a man at Birrarung Marr was part of a gang that picked on people of Indian appearance, a children's court has heard.

The boy, 17, who cannot be named, was arrested on New Year's Eve in relation to the attack on Manrajwinder Singh, 20, last Sunday.

Mr Singh remains in an induced coma in The Alfred hospital. He was attacked about 4.15am, near Princes Bridge, as he and two friends waited for a train. Mr Singh was now in a serious but stable condition, the court heard on Thursday.

One of Mr Singh's friends was also attacked when they were approached by a gang of eight youths, while another friend escaped to raise the alarm. Three teenagers have been arrested over the attack, but the other five are wanted for questioning.

The oldest of the arrested boys appeared in court on Thursday and was refused bail.

The court heard the boy, his twin brother and their younger brother were named by another of those arrested.

A detective told the court the boy was part of a gang known as KYR, which targeted vulnerable people, particularly people of Indian appearance. The detective said she did not know what the initials meant, but reports of other gang offences last year said KYR stood for Kill Your Rivals.

The detective said Mr Singh was kicked to the head from an elevated position and then kneed, and was beaten while he lay on the ground unconscious. Mr Singh's friend was punched in the face and also struck as he lay on the ground, the detective said. He suffered a scratched face, the court heard.

The detective said CCTV footage captured the eight youths approaching the men, although it was yet to be determined which of the gang had attacked Mr Singh and his friend.

Mr Singh's friends could not describe which youths were responsible for the attacks, other than they were of African appearance, the detective said.

The court was told the boy and his twin were believed to have had the two mobile phones stolen from the two men. The boy faces charges of intentionally causing serious injury, robbery and unlawful assault.

The boy's brothers were still at large, and the court was told that their father had little control over his sons, despite trying to help investigators.

The boy's lawyer said the prosecution case was not a strong one given the doubts over who had assaulted Mr Singh and a shortage of definitive footage.

But a magistrate refused the boy's application for bail, given the serious nature of the charges and because the boy had been on bail over two assaults in Sunshine in November at the time of the attack at Birrarung Marr.

One of the people assaulted in Sunshine was of Indian appearance, the court was told. The boy, a student, was remanded to return to court later this month.

Another of the teenagers was scheduled to appear before a children's court on Friday.