Brawl-ac­cused ap­pear in court

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

Two girls ac­cused of a bru­tal as­sault cap­tured on video and broad­cast on so­cial me­dia briefly ap­peared in Ger­ald­ton Chil­dren’s Court on Tues­day.

The girls, aged 14 and 15, are both charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, com­mon as­sault and acts or omis­sions caus­ing bod­ily harm.

The charges re­late to three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Range­way, which oc­curred on June 7, Au­gust 29 and Oc­to­ber 26.

Se­nior Sergeant Brad Bird has pre­vi­ously de­scribed the most re­cent in­ci­dent, which was cap­tured on video, as one of the worst he had seen in 28 years of polic­ing.

A third girl, aged 14, was charged with two counts of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, in re­la­tion to the June and Au­gust in­ci­dents.

Mag­is­trate Donna Webb said she was “sur­prised” the girls were granted bail, de­scrib­ing the charges as “se­ri­ous of­fences”.

The girls were not re­quired to en­ter pleas.

Their bail was extended and they will reap­pear be­fore the same court later this month.

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