A schoolboy was hit with a hammer in an attack resembling a Quentin Tarantino film, a court has heard.
Henry Webster, 16, was punched, kicked and hit repeatedly on the head on a tennis court at Ridgeway School in Wroughton, Wiltshire, in 2007.
He suffered three skull fractures, one of which caused brain injury.
Two men aged 19 and 18 and two boys aged 15 and 16 are appearing at Bristol Crown Court charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Mr Patrick said a fight was arranged in January last year, after Henry had "barged" into a group of boys in a school corridor.
"It was to be a fair fight. A one-on-one - or so Henry thought.
Well, there is the problem. If you find yourself in a fair fight, you've probably made a mistake. Besides, ginger kids don't have moves like these...