Ip­swich man ac­cused of rock throw­ing frenzy

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - An­drew Korner an­drew.korner@qt.com.au

AN IP­SWICH man has been charged over a spate of al­leged rock throw­ing in­ci­dents that re­sulted in thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­age to ve­hi­cles and in­juries to an in­no­cent pedes­trian.

Ip­swich Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch de­tec­tives this week lev­elled a to­tal of 89 charges against the 22-year-old ac­cused, who will face court next month.

It will be al­leged that the man, in the com­pany of oth­ers, drove through­out Ip­swich and sur­round­ing sub­urbs, throw­ing rocks at cars parked on the street and in drive­ways.

In to­tal, po­lice will al­lege 88 ve­hi­cles were dam­aged in sub­urbs in­clud­ing Goodna, Red­bank Plains, Bun­damba and Ip­swich cen­tral be­tween June and Septem­ber.

Most of the al­leged of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween the hours of 9pm and 3am, po­lice said.

In ac­tions that lo­cal de­tec­tives could only de­scribe as “sim­ple”, the North Booval man is also ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in an in­ci­dent where a rock was thrown at a pedes­trian’s head at Mars­den Pde in Ip­swich on Septem­ber 3, caus­ing bruis­ing to the vic­tim.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing, with po­lice of the be­lief that other of­fend­ers may have been in­volved.

The ac­cused will face Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court charged with 88 counts of wil­ful dam­age and one count of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm while armed on Oc­to­ber 13.

De­tec­tives said they were mak­ing ef­forts to con­tact vic­tims of the al­leged of­fences.

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