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Charges laid while teen remains critical after head kick

A MAN, 18, charged with grievous bodily harm of a 17-year-old who was allegedly kicked in the head on Friday, was today remanded in custody.

Jake Ashley Law-Cobbo, who is charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Joshua Waite, 17, did not apply for bail when his case was mentioned in Redcliffe Magistrates Court today.

Mr Waite was critically injured when he was allegedly kicked once in the head during a disturbance involving a group of males at a Redcliffe McDonald's car park on Friday night.

He is in Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, still in a critical condition and in an induced coma.

Joshua Waite suffered critical injuries after being kicked to the head.
Joshua Waite suffered critical injuries after being kicked to the head. Facebook

Law-Cobbo's solicitor Andrew Forrest said he would be seeking CCTV footage from the McDonalds' carpark, in Anzac Ave, Redcliffe, and asked for the case to be mentioned again on Wednesday.

Law-Cobbo, who is from Kippa-Ring and was not brought into the court, will be held in the Redcliffe watch-house until Wednesday, when there may be a bail application.

Magistrate Mark Bucknall ordered a brief of evidence to be provided to the defence by June 26 and the case to return to court for a committal mention on July 5.

Mr Bucknall said the court file showed there were no acute mental health issues.

A large group of friends and supporters of Law-Cobbo were in court for the brief mention of the case.

Joshua's grandmother Jenny-Lynne Garrett described him as "an amazing caring soul".

Ms Garrett lives in New Zealand and said she just wanted to see her grandson "home safe".

"My heart is breaking I feel so helpless being this far away," she said.

She said Joshua's father Andy has remained at his son's bedside since Friday night's attack.

"(Andy) is an amazing dad and I just want him to have all the support in the world," Ms Garrett said.

Ms Garrett said the family would "always be there" for each other.

Joshua's friends and family have also taken to social media to share memories and prayers of support.

 

EARLIER: Teen fighting for life after kicked in head

A TEENAGER was fighting for his life last night after a single blow to the head left him in a coma following an argument in a McDonald's carpark.

Joshua Waite, 17, suffered critical injuries when he was allegedly kicked once in the head by an 18-year-old man during a disturbance involving a group of males in a carpark at a McDonald's on Anzac Ave, Redcliffe, about 7.45pm on Friday.

Another person administered first aid to Joshua at the scene before paramedics arrived. He was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.

Paramedics initially said Joshua had been punched, but police will allege a single high kick to the head caused his injuries.

Joshua's grandmother Jenny-Lynne Garrett said his situation was "not fair".

"Joshy is an amazing caring soul this is not fair, he is loved so much," she said.

Ms Garrett lives in New Zealand and said she just wanted to see her grandson "home safe".

"My heart is breaking I feel so helpless being this far away," she said.

She said members of the extended family had flown to Brisbane to support his father Andy, who has remained at his son's bedside since Friday night's attack.

"(Andy) is an amazing dad and I just want him to have all the support in the world," Ms Garrett said.

Ms Garrett said the family would "always be there" for each other.

Joshua's friends and family have also taken to social media to share memories and prayers of support.

Police have charged an 18-year-old Kippa-Ring man with grievous bodily harm but that could be upgraded to unlawful strike causing death, which carries a minimum 15 year sentence.

He is due to face a Redcliffe Magistrate today.

Detectives have appealed for the person who helped Joshua at the scene and anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, to contact police.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

News Corp Australia

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