"A group of schoolboys aged 12 to 14 kidnapped a 13-year-old student, whipped him until he bled, threatened him with an axe and dug a grave before considering whether to kill him, Perth's Children's Court has heard.
In a six-hour ordeal, described by Magistrate Timothy Schwass as "nothing short of horrific", police prosecutor John Dart said the boy was so terrified he wet his pants twice before being made by his attackers to walk one hour home rather than being left to catch a bus.
The alleged actions of the five attackers from Eastern Hills Senior High School led to them being charged with deprivation of liberty, threats to kill and assault occasioning bodily harm.
The court was told the young victim, a fellow student at the Mt Helena school who is smaller than his alleged attackers, was dragged into a toilet block shortly after he arrived at school about 8am last Wednesday and told he would be taken to nearby bush where he would have to obey orders or risk being assaulted.
After being dragged out of the toilets, he tried to escape but was caught and taken to the bush where he was kept while the boys hid until school had started.
In what Mr Dart suggested was a planned attack, the boy was then taken to a makeshift hut built out of tree branches by the five accused where much of the alleged assault took place.
During the ordeal, the boy was allegedly made to gather logs for the hut, given "wedgies", and hung by his underpants from a log so that his pants tore. The court was told he had his packed lunch smeared in his face, his lunchbox urinated in and was forced to kiss one of his alleged captors on the cheek.
Disturbing allegations were also heard in court about the alleged victim being told to drop his pants so he could have a piece of wood put into his anus, and ordered to defecate on a road, both of which he refused to do.
A "grave" was allegedly dug with one of the accused suggesting the group kill him. He was allegedly pushed into the grave and prevented from escaping as one began shovelling dirt over his legs.
During the alleged assault, the boy was made to act like a dog and a chicken, forced to jump into thorn bushes, whipped with thorny branches until his legs bled, threatened with a plank of wood embedded with nails, threatened with an axe, punched in the arm and had rocks thrown at him.
The court was told the boy feared his captors would kill him.
About 2.45pm, after more than six hours, it is alleged the group told him to go home but threatened to throw rocks at him if he caught a bus, forcing him to walk for one hour to get home.
Police were alerted after he told his mother what happened and the boys were charged and suspended from school.
During their first court appearance on the charges yesterday, Mr Dart asked for their bail to be revoked, arguing that the seriousness of the alleged offences was too great for bail to be appropriate.
But Mr Schwass denied the request, renewing bail for all but one of the boys and ruling that bail conditions would prevent the four contacting the alleged victim or one another.
The one exception was the 12-year-old alleged "ringleader" who the court was told had a conviction for assaulting a fellow primary school student in 2005. Aged 11 at the time, he kicked the victim so hard that the boy needed surgery on one of his testicles.
Outside court yesterday, the remanded boy's angry mother described her son as a good boy
. They were not required to plead."