River­way thug banned

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - By MAL­COLM WEATHERUP

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy who po­lice al­lege was re­spon­si­ble for two vi­o­lent as­saults and rob­beries at the new River­way com­plex, in­clud­ing one on an 11-year-old child, has been banned from go­ing within 500 me­tres of the new com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

The child was given con­di­tional bail, but not be­fore he was given sev­eral con­di­tions and a blunt, plain-English warn­ing by Mag­is­trate David Glas­gow.

The boy, who was taken into cus­tody last Satur­day, is charged with rob­bery with vi­o­lence, as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm in com­pany and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent at River­way at the week­end.

Po­lice al­lege the boy and a com­pan­ion bailed up a 17-year-old who was rid­ing a bike and lis­ten­ing to his Ipod.

The two rob­bers de­manded the Ipod and head­phones. When the youth re­fused to hand them over, they punched him about the head, caus­ing cuts, swelling and a sore jaw.

The boy was ap­pre­hended by nearby po­lice af­ter a foot chase. Po­lice said they re­cov­ered the stolen Ipod from down his pants.

The iden­tity of the child’s ac­com­plice is now known to po­lice but he is yet to be de­tained.

The ar­rested child is also charged with an­other as­sault and rob­bery in­volv­ing an 11-year-old child on Au­gust 13 at River­way.

In that in­ci­dent, it is al­leged the vic­tim was punched in the face and a bike stolen.

Mag­is­trate David Glas­gow ex­pressed doubts that he should grant a bail ap­pli­ca­tion brought by bar­ris­ter Gavin Hansen, be­cause it would leave the child at large over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

How­ever Mr Hansen suc­cess­fully ar­gued that a range of con­di­tions on the bail would en­sure that the boy would have lit­tle op­por­tu­nity to re-of­fend.

Mr Hansen said the boy had only re­cently gone off the rails, up­set at the death of two of his sib­lings.

Coun­sel said the child had a vi­o­lent fa­ther, and though the mother ad­mit­ted to pre­vi­ous al­co­hol and drug prob­lems, ‘she had now cleaned up her act’ and wanted the child back at home with her and his seven brothers and sis­ters.

Mr Glas­gow sought fur­ther de­tails be­fore grant­ing con­di­tional bail, but the boy left the dock un­der no il­lu­sions about what would hap­pen if he broke any con­di­tions.

‘‘What do you think of Cleve­land De­ten­tion Cen­tre as a place to live?’’ Mr Glas­gow asked the boy, who had been held there since his week­end ar­rest. ‘‘It’s a bad place,’’ the boy replied. ‘‘Well, if you stuff up on this bail, that’s where you go . . . and that is where you will stay un­til this mat­ter is set­tled (some­time next year in the Dis­trict Court),’’ Mr Glas­gow told him.

The mag­is­trate then im­posed sev­eral con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a ban on go­ing within 500 me­tres of River­way, which Mr Glas­gow said meant he could not go to the Wil­lows shop­ping cen­tre or any­where along the old Ross River Road.

Mr Glas­gow also im­posed a 7pm to 7am cur­few, di­rected that the child live with his mother in Rosslea, and or­dered that he at­tend the Youth Jus­tice Cen­tre in Bam­ford Lane.

‘‘I know you’ve had a rough time,’’ Mr Glas­gow said, re­fer­ring to the death of his sib­lings,‘‘but there are el­ders avail­able for you to talk to about that, and I sug­gest you do so.’’ Mr Glas­gow then or­dered the po­lice pros­e­cu­tor to pre­pare the case for a Dis­trict Court hear­ing next year.

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