BRITISH COLUMBIA
12/24/2013 03:18 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 05:59 EST

Bail Hearing For Youth Charged In Karim Meskine's Death

A bail hearing is underway in a New Westminster courtroom for the 16-year-old charged in the death of Karim Meskine, the B.C. youth who police say was beaten to death with a baseball bat in an unprovoked attack.

The teen was originally charged with aggravated assault, but the charges have now been upgraded to second-degree murder.

The Crown has said that if he is convicted, prosecutors will ask that he be sentenced as an adult.

Meskine, 19, was attacked blocks from the 22nd Street SkyTrain station in New Westminster last week.

He did not know his attacker and police say it appears he was attacked with a baseball bat in a botched robbery.

He was found unconscious by a passerby, and spent his final days in a coma before he he was taken off life-support and died on Friday.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits publishing the identity of the teen who has been charged in Meskine's death.