Friday, February 28, 2014


by on February 28, 2014

UPDATE: A 17-YEAR-OLD girl has been placed into the back of a police van in handcuffs and transported to the Southport Watch-house after being charged over the vicious attack of a 77-year-old man on a Gold Coast bus earlier this week.

Charged bus attack
A 17-year-old girl is charged over the sickening attack. Transported to Southport watch-house. Image: Channel Nine

She handed herself into Coolangatta Police shortly before 2pm where she was quizzed over her involvement.
The teenager was heard screaming “I don’t want to go,” as she was placed in the back of a police van outside of the police station to be transported to the watch-house shortly after 4pm.
A second 21-year-old woman is also in police custody after handing herself in to that Southport Police Station this afternoon.
Specific details of the charges are yet to be released with both expected to face Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.
There are reports the 17-year-old girl is already on bail for a separate offence where it’s alleged she robbed a Surfers Paradise convenience store at knife-point earlier this month to fund one nights luxury accommodation in a Gold Coast highrise.
She appeared before Southport Magistrates Court on February 13 where she was bailed to reappear on April 2.
EARLIER: POLICE say they have identified two girls who they believe are responsible for the sickening attack of an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus earlier this week and are hunting them down.

The 77-year-old Tweed Heads man came forward on Friday morning and provided a statement to police. Officers said he still had bruising to his arms from the attack.
Acting Superintendent Brian Swan of the Gold Coast police briefed the media on the developments shortly after 11am.
He said officers were in the process of attempting to locate the suspects, believed to be aged 17 and 21, so they can be interviewed after being inundated with information from the public.

Bus attack screenshot
Screenshot of alleged attackers. Source: Channel Nine

“Inquiries are underway as I speak now to locate those persons and interview them,” he told reporters.
The offenders could face charges of serious assault which carries a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison.
It’s alleged the man, from the West Tweed Heads area, was punched, kicked, spat on and sprayed with racial abuse by two teenage girls while on a bus in Kirra at around 3.45pm last Tuesday afternoon.
Channel Nine aired footage of the incident on Thursday night. It shows two young women, believed to be sisters, both verbally and physically assaulting the man in what appears to be a racist driven attack.
Video of the incident has gone viral overnight and attracted thousands of comments, with dozens naming and shaming the alleged girls believed to be responsible.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident on the bus to please contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day


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