An Adelaide teenager who was described by a magistrate as “wild and dangerous” before being released after bashing a schoolgirl has been charged over an alleged violent carjacking just weeks after her release.
- The 16-year-old is charged with a number of offences over an alleged carjacking in Adelaide’s north
- She had only just been released after serving time for bashing a girl at McDonald’s outlet
- She did not apply for bail and will face court again next month
The 16-year-old girl — who cannot be named for legal reasons — appeared in the Adelaide Youth Court today charged with aggravated robbery and arson.
It will be alleged that a 40-year-old woman was set upon by two girls, aged 15 and 16, at the Elizabeth Shopping Centre last Wednesday before they stole her car.
The car was found allegedly torched at the North Haven Football Club later that day.
She did not apply for bail and her case was adjourned until later this month.
Last month, Magistrate Luke Davis sentenced the 16-year-old girl to six months’ youth detention, suspended after five months — allowing for her release that same day.
The one remaining month was suspended on the condition of good behaviour and that she undertake schooling and counselling services.
She may now have to serve that one-month sentence if she is found guilty over the alleged carjacking and arson.
History of offending
In December 2019, the girl was in Rundle Mall when a friend became involved in a verbal altercation with another person.
It escalated into a physical fight, and the teenager got involved.
About two months later, the teenager believed a 13-year-old girl from her school had been posting racial comments on social media, so confronted her at a McDonald’s outlet.
That led to the girl pulling her victim to the ground by her hair and punching her before her co-accused kicked her in the face, knocking out her teeth.
The incident was filmed and posted to social media.
“Your vicious and cowardly attack in broad daylight at a public venue where families go to enjoy themselves has caused alarm and outrage within the community,” Magistrate Davis told the girl during sentencing.
“We all suffer as a society when acts of violence occur — which is one of the reasons for the media’s interest in this matter.”
In May, while on bail, the girl was intoxicated with two friends when they assaulted a taxi driver and stole his car before driving to Berri where they were arrested.
The court was previously told that the girl had endured a difficult upbringing — details of which were suppressed by the court.
Magistrate Davis accepted that the teenager was remorseful for her actions and had been taking positive steps towards her rehabilitation.
“I want you to know that society hasn’t given up on you — you’re only just 16, you’ve stuffed up really badly over this time, but you’ve paid a significant price,” he said during sentencing, before the latest arrest.
“You have everything ready and poised to help you get back on track and get on with a positive life.”