Three teens who viciously assaulted an Illawarra youth at Corrimal railway station last year celebrated by giving each other "high-fives" while their victim lay unconscious on the ground, a court has heard.
Karl Greenland, 18, Joshua Gillings, 20, and a third man, who cannot be named because he was a juvenile at the time, repeatedly punched and kicked the 17-year-old victim until he could no longer stand, before Greenland, the main aggressor, stomped on his head.
CCTV camera footage and a mobile phone video of the July 2012 assault were played in Wollongong District Court yesterday.
In the video, recorded by a witness, a woman can be heard repeatedly screaming "oh my god, he's dead" as the teen lay motionless on the station platform immediately after the bashing.
The trio has pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from the midnight incident.
The court heard the victim and a friend had been at a house party in Corrimal earlier in the night when a scuffle broke out between the pair and Greenland.
When the party was shut down around 10.30pm, the teen and his mate walked to the station intending to return to Dapto.
They were confronted by a large group, including Greenland, Gillings and the third co-accused, while waiting for the train on the platform.
Greenland punched the victim repeatedly while the crowd surged forward, surrounding the pair, the court was told.
Gillings joined in on the attack and the victim was knocked to the ground, where both men continued to kick and punch him until he lost consciousness.
The third co-accused, who had thrown the teen's friend onto the railway tracks during the melee, also kicked out at the teen, hitting him in the torso.
Several people in the crowd tried to pull Greenland away from the boy. However he continued his attack, again kicking the fallen teen before jumping in the air and stomping on his head.
Gillings and the third co-accused high-fived each other in celebration as the group dispersed, leaving the teen lying motionless on the platform.
A short time later girls who witnessed the attack came to his aid and emergency services were called. The teen was taken to Wollongong Hospital before being transferred to St George where he underwent surgery for a broken jaw.
Greenland and the 17-year-old co-accused were arrested two days later at Bellambi, while Gillings was charged last August.
Greenland's lawyer, Nerissa Keay, yesterday told the court her client had had a "horrendous" time in prison in the month he had been remanded in custody over the charges and "never wanted to go back".
She said that he had been highly intoxicated at the time of the attack on the teen, but had since changed his drinking habits.
She also said a psychologist's report indicated Greenland posed a low risk of reoffending and had good prospects of rehabilitation.
Gillings' lawyer, Graeme Morrison, said his client had not touched a drop of alcohol since the violent assault and was extremely remorseful about his behaviour.
He said Gillings' family had taken the bold step of relocating to Queensland in order to remove their son from bad influences in the Illawarra.
Judge Paul Conlon will hand down sentences for the pair in September.
The third co-accused has already been sentenced to an 18-month suspended control order.