A TEENAGER who was involved in a pre-meditated attack that left a high school teacher unconscious in the gutter is due to be sentenced today.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in a Children’s Court yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to eight different charges, most of which arose from an incident at Ballarat High School on July 21, 2011.
The court heard that the boy, along with a group of others, caught a bus to Ballarat High School in the afternoon with the intention of fighting one of the students.
The student was seen by the group from the Gillies Street side of the school, when they became abusive and tried to fight him.
A police prosecutor said the accused began “goading him (the victim) for a fight”.
“The accused jumped the fence and called out to the victim, asking for a fight,” said the police prosecutor.
When teachers tried to intervene and break up the fight, they became the targets of the attack.
The fight spilled out onto Gillies Street, with one teacher struck in the head and knocked unconscious.
The teenager claimed he did not assault the injured teacher.
Witnesses told police the accused was seen wearing a “moon boot” because of a leg injury.
He was arrested nearby still wearing the protective boot.
“He made partial admissions, but he did not know who he assaulted,” said the police prosecutor.
“He said he was just going to watch.”
The teenager’s defence lawyer said the teenager had a bad upbringing and suffered with a low IQ.
“He has periods where he goes quite well for a period then falls over and then gets back into re-offending,” the lawyer said.
The teenager has been in custody for 40 days, since he handed himself in to police.
He is expected to be sentenced today.