Teen's skull fractured

A VIOLENT fight sparked by an unsettled debt landed three Bundaberg teenagers in court and another in hospital with a fractured skull.

Joshua Foster-Moore and two others are accused of attacking teenager William Frey in November 2010, following an escalation of threats through Facebook relating to Foster-Moore owing Frey money.

Foster-Moore yesterday pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to charges of grievous bodily harm and unlawful assault causing bodily harm.

Prosecutor Judith Geary said on November 3, 2010, Mr Frey was awoken by his foster carer, who told him "Foster" had been to the house.

She said when Mr Frey went outside, he noticed three teenagers - Foster-Moore, his brother Mitchell Foster-Moore and Briar Rowbotham - further down the road, and he grabbed a pick-axe handle before going to confront them.

"Mitchell came and took a swing at me and I raised the bat and hit him just near the ribs," Frey told the court.

"Then he's shaped up again to take a swing and I raised the bat back again and I've been king hit to the back of the head."

Mr Frey claimed the three other teens then began to attack him, saying Mitchell smashed him over the head with a wooden pole, causing him to fall to the ground.

"It completely shattered my skull," he said.

"I lay down in the driveway with my knees up and my hands over my head. All three of them started to pummel me.

"I kept getting kicked and hit and punched. It was from all directions. They were all going me at the same time."

Mr Frey, who was flown to Brisbane for emergency surgery, said he begged the three men to stop.

"You win, you win, you're going to kill me, please stop," he said he told the teens.

The trial continues before Judge John Roberston.

Topics:  assault charge, bundaberg district court, facebook

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