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Four of the five Churchlands Senior High School students who bashed a man so severely he was put in an induced coma will spend their first night in detention after being sentenced on Tuesday.
The boys spotted Matthew Henson, who they suspected had stolen shoes from a friend, on a bus heading to Stirling train station about 1.30pm on February 13.
Matthew Henson sustained severe head injuries and was placed in an induced coma .
Formulating a plan to "get back at him", the boys followed the victim to the train platform, where one of them ran up behind him and fly-kicked him.
Mr Henson fell face-first onto the platform, with the group of boys kicking and stomping on his face and head. One of the boys then stole Mr Henson's shoes, while another removed a bag from his unconscious body.
The sickening attack was captured on security cameras which also showed the boys – all in school uniform – running away from the platform and station and high-fiving each other while Mr Henson lay on the concrete.
When it was shown in court, none of the boys appeared to watch the vision.
The boys' victim was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital for urgent care, which included being intubated and placed into an induced coma in the intensive care unit.
Mr Henson sustained a severe and traumatic brain injury, with doctors saying he could have died without emergency treatment.
He still requires specialist rehabilitation and may never fully recover from his horrific injuries.
Interviews recorded by police included statements from some of the boys saying their intention was to "hurt" or "scare" Mr Henson.
Lawyers for each of the boys detailed their respective client's part in the attack, with each boy said to have been remorseful.
Two of the boys had written letters to the victim expressing their sorrow over their actions.
This article first appeared on www.watoday.com.au
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