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Teenage boy dies after brutal beating by 17-year-old in Gondomar

A 14-year-old boy died in the early hours of this (Sunday) morning after a brutal street-beating in Baguim do Monte (Gondomar), purportedly at the hands of 17-year-old.

Hugo Gonçalves was attacked close to his home between 10 and 11pm on Saturday.

Neighbours have reported seeing him “fallen to the ground, with a lot of blood and convulsions”.

“We called INEM and went to get water and a pillow”, one told television reporters. But emergency services “took time to arrive”, and though the boy was finally rushed to hospital, he is reported to have died there at 3am.

Initially, news sources claimed “police have not yet identified” Hugo’s killer, though friends of the dead boy were already telling TV reporters that they knew who he was: “another adolescent who has had problems with the victim for some time”.

SIC television news said the problems centred on “a dispute over a girl”.

Hugo is described as having been in the company of his girlfriend at the time of the attack.

A 17-year-old boy has since given himself up to police, in the company of family members.

This is the second horrific teen-beating in as many weeks, though with even more tragic consequences than the first (click here).

Meantime, news of 15-year-old Rúben Cavaco – whose head was “beaten to a pulp” in Ponte de Sor, allegedly by the twin sons of Portugal’s Iraqi ambassador – suggests the youngster is slowly making progress.

Since being brought out of his medically-induced coma, he has been able to recognise his mother and step-father, as well as his girlfriend, and is reported to be speaking, though not well enough to answer police questions.

According to Observador, the boy’s first words were “Carro! Carro! Carro!”

This could be connected to the belief that Rúben was run over by the Iraqi embassy car before the beating that rendered him “unrecogniseable” with severe head and facial injuries.

Although the Iraqi brothers have denied hitting their victim with the car, national weekly Sol has revealed that investigators are keen to speak with an embassy security guard who they believe accompanied the boys and was involved in Rúben’s attack.

For now, the investigation has to wait to hear whether the Iraqi government will agree to Portugal’s request to lift diplomatic immunity, so that the twins can be interrogated as “arguidos”, official suspects.

The boys have already admitted their attack in a televised interview, but as all subsequent reports have stressed, there has been no formal apology to the victim’s family from the Iraqi embassy, nor has the twins’ account been fully accepted.

Observador explains that “friends of the injured teen and one of the teachers from his PIEF (integrated education and training) course stress that Rúben is not violent” and “would not have sought confrontation with the brothers on his own”, as the Iraqi twins have claimed.

The boy’s lawyer Santana-Maia Leonardo stresses that despite being aware of where he is, Rúben still doesn’t appear to know what happened to him.

“The multiple injuries, overwhelming to his head and which still need to heal” mean that the extent of Rúben’s injuries is still unclear, adds Observador, adding that “the youngster could be left with permanent neurological damage”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com