One boy used Facebook to trap another into an attack in which the victim had his elbow shattered by a two-by-four piece of wood, a Crown attorney alleges.
The attacker apologized as he delivered the blow, Crown attorney Grant Hughes said during a bail hearing in Brandon court on Monday.
“Sorry to do this, bro, but somebody told me to set you up,” the assailant reportedly told the victim.
The accused is a 17-year-old boy, and the victim is described by police as slightly younger.
During the bail hearing, Hughes outlined the following allegations, which haven’t been proven in court.
Hughes said that on June 11, the two teens had been messaging each other over Facebook. The boy believed to be the attacker suggested they smoke marijuana together, and the victim invited him to his home.
When the visitor arrived, he told his host that they shouldn’t smoke there and led him several blocks to an alley — out of sight.
The attacker then told the victim to roll a joint. The victim looked up from that task just in time to see his assailant swing the piece of two-by-four at his head.
The victim put up his arm to block the blow, but the board shattered his elbow.
The victim ran, but was chased down and tripped. The attacker then got on top of the victim and choked him.
As the victim was about to pass out, he let go of the marijuana, which was picked up by the attacker, who also demanded money. When the victim said he didn’t have any, the robber left with the drugs.
The victim made his way to hospital, where he underwent surgery. Steel plates were inserted into his arm, which was also fitted with a cast.
He reported the matter to police following his release from hospital on June 13, and the suspect was arrested at his home on Sunday.
Hughes didn’t specify who had supposedly told the robber to set the victim up and why.
A 17-year-old Brandon boy faces charges that include aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and robbery.
A judge denied bail during a hearing on Monday, and the accused is to appear in court again next week.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 17, 2014