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Boys stay in detention over punch

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Scott Bailey

Three boys charged in relation to the one-punch attack in Surfers Paradise early on Wednesday morning have been remanded in detention.

The 14, 15 and 16-year-old boys appeared briefly in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, but did not apply for bail.

Police will allege the trio verbally abused 21-year-old Thomas Dover and a friend around 2am on Wednesday, before two of the youngsters followed and assaulted the pair.

Dover was allegedly struck in the back of the head, before falling and hitting his head on the pavement.

He was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital.

He remains there with his family by his bedside, just a week after celebrating his 21st birthday.

His friend also suffered minor injuries following the alleged assault.

Police initially charged the 16-year-old boy from Churchill with grievous bodily harm, common assault and public nuisance on Wednesday, while a 14-year-old from Goodna was also charged with the latter two charges.

A 15-year-old boy from Loganlea was then also charged on Thursday morning with grievous bodily harm over the attack.

All three will reappear at Southport Children's Court on January 25.

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