Pregnant woman kicked by ‘good kid’ in teen robbery
A PREGNANT woman was punched and scratched by a teenage girl in a nasty but determined robbery to steal her mobile phone.
The frightened woman was surrounded by a group of teens at night intent on grabbing her handbag.
Fragments of disturbing details emerged during legal proceedings when one of the woman's assailants, a girl aged 17, went before a Judge in Ipswich Children's Court for sentence.
The girl pleaded guilty to committing robbery in company with personal violence in Booval at 11.30pm on February 9, 2019.
The Crown facts of the case were not read onto the record but prosecutor Victoria Adams did seek a penalty of a supervise probation order of between 12 and 24 months.
The case heard defence submissions from barrister Clare O'Connor who explained a charge of failing to appear before the court occurred when the girl had no money for a train fare.
"Her mother instructs that she is a good kid who can sometimes be involved in things, and says she can be led astray," Ms O'Connor said.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC shed some light on the agreed Crown facts before him, saying the crime took place when a group assaulted a young woman when taking her handbag.
He said the woman secured her mobile phone but "you demanded her phone. She was pregnant and you continued to punch her and to scratch her".
Judge Horneman-Wren said the group of offenders were arrested later while riding in a stolen car tracked by a police helicopter.
Stingers were deployed by the police and tyres deflated.
"That is a hairy thing to be involved as a 16 year-old. You were also convicted of unlawful use of a motor vehicle you were all riding in," he said.
"It (robbery) would have been frightening for the pregnant girl involved."
Judge Horneman-Wren referred to the mother's comments that the offender was a good kid who was led astray.
"There are only two types of people who appear here. Those who are led astray and those who led them astray," he said.
He said it could be the case that young offenders had too much time on their hands, not attending school or start using substances and then a person with experience in criminal offending lead the others into such activities.
"You can't allow yourself to become part of that," he warned.
"You will be 18 at the end of the year and an adult. If you do this as an adult you will simply go into Brisbane Women's Prison."
The girl was sentenced to a 12 month probation order that will include programs to assist her. No conviction recorded.
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