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Man fights for life
Forensic officers at the scene in Balga last night. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

Update: A 16-year-old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm over an incident in Balga that left a teenager fighting for his life.

Police were called to bush in the Princess Wallington Reserve near Princess Road about 2pm yesterday the victim, 16, was found unconscious with life-threatening injuries.

It will be alleged the victim and the accused were known to each other and had arranged to meet at the reserve.

Forensic officers were at the scene overnight.

The Duncraig teenager remains in intensive care at Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition.

Clement Wetnhiak was with a friend when he discovered the teenager injured on the ground yesterday.

“We thought ‘he’s just dead’, you know, he’s just gone. He’s just laying there, his eyes are half shut and we tried to move (his eyelid) and he’s not moving,” the 19-year-old, who is visiting from Melbourne, said.

Mr Wetnhiak said two of his friends gave the boy CPR until St John Ambulance arrived.

“After that they found a pulse and they took him to hospital,” he said.

The 16-year-old, from Balga, appeared in the Perth Children’s Court today.

He was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on January 6.

Three other juvenile males from Warnbro, Westminster and Marangaroo are currently in custody assisting police with inquiries.

Police would like to hear from members of the public who may have seen anything suspicious around the Brian Burke Reserve or the North Balga Primary School yesterday or anyone who was in the area between 1pm and 2pm. Call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333000.

The scene in Balga this morning. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian
Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian
Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian