FOUR people, including two men, have been arrested and charged after allegedly bailing up and bashing a 16-year-old boy for his shoes on the NSW Central Coast.
The teen was set upon while walking along Prings Road at Lisarow just after midnight last Sunday.
Police said a car pulled up near the teen and four males, one of whom was armed with a baseball bat, jumped out and accosted him on the roadside.
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It’s alleged the group threatened the boy and demanded his shoes before beating him with the bat.
The four males, aged 16, 19, 20 and 31, allegedly fled after spotting police patrolling nearby.
The 16-year-old victim was taken to Gosford District Hospital for treatment to a head wound.
Two men, aged 31 and 19, were arrested shortly after the incident and taken to Gosford Police Station.
Both were charged with assault with intent to rob armed offensive weapon wound/grievous bodily harm.
The 31-year-old Kangy Angy man appeared at Gosford Local Court on Monday and was granted conditional bail to reappear in December.
The 19-year-old Shelley Beach man also fronted the same court on Monday. Unlike the 31-year-old man, however, he was refused bail ahead of his next appearance, also in December.
Following further investigations, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday and each charged with the same offences as their co-accused.
The pair, both from Killarney Vale, were released on bail and will front court next month.
The teen will be dealt with in a children’s court.
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