Juvenile boys rob man who gave girl $300 for park meet

FOUR juveniles who robbed a man who had given a girl $300 and told her to meet him in the toilets at Queens Park have been sentenced to various periods of probation.

A girl, 15, a boy, 15, and two 16-year-old boys, all who cannot be named by law, each pleaded guilty in the Children's Court of Queensland at Toowoomba to robbery in company, and fraud.

In an agreed statement of facts, the charges arose out of a man meeting with the girl and giving her $300 to go with him to the Queens Park toilets on January 9 this year.

The three juvenile boys met the man inside the toilets where the man was assaulted.

The 15-year-old was the main instigator of the violence, throwing the first punch before the two other boys, both 16, got involved.

The girl had run from the toilet block, Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie said.

The younger boy and one of the 16-year-olds - who later gave a full statement to police - then took the man's wallet and phone and the group as a whole used his debit card to buy $32 worth of meat pies, donuts and slurpies from a 7-Eleven store.

For those offences, the girl, who was 14 at the time of the offence, was told the circumstances surrounding the robbery did not excuse it.

She was sentenced to 10 months probation for the robbery, and one month probation for the fraud.

One of the 16-year-old boys was sentenced to probation of 18 months for the robbery, one month for the fraud, and one month for another charge of receiving tainted property.

The other 16-year-old, who gave a full statement to police, was given probation periods of 20 months for the robbery and one month for two counts of fraud.

Having also pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing and receiving tainted property - all of which were committed while on bail - he was sentenced to probation periods of six months, two months and one month

Judge Jarro told the last boy, 15, he was on the cusp of a lengthy period in juvenile detention, and probation was his last chance.

The lad was given 24 months probation for the robbery, and one month for the fraud relating to the credit card.

He was also given six months probation for two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm of two girls he admitted zapping with a lighter at a shopping centre on February.

All terms are to be served concurrently, and no convictions were recorded.
 


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