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Teen gets bail after mall knife attack

Ridge Connor Freeman with his mother leaving the Ipswich police watch house.
Ridge Connor Freeman with his mother leaving the Ipswich police watch house. Rob Williams

AFTER spending more than a week in lockup one of the two teenagers accused over a stabbing in the centre of Ipswich has been ordered to live with his mother on a curfew.

Ridge Connor Freeman, 17, has been charged with attempted armed robbery with actual violence while in company and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

Freeman appeared in court yesterday accused of attacking two employees of the Indian Mehfil restaurant in the Ipswich CBD.

A 16-year-old alleged co-offender appeared in the Children's Court yesterday.

The 16-year-old is also facing charges of possessing a knife in a public place.

Defence lawyer Geoff Seaholme said some elements of the charges would be contested by Freeman.

"There was a co-offender armed with a knife, which my client wasn't aware of until the incident," Mr Seaholme said.

"It is the co-accused who has the knife, who produces the knife and who uses the knife.

It is not suggested Freeman was armed.

"He accepts he got involved to a degree."

Mr Seaholme said Freeman, who is unemployed, had no history of violent offending and had never failed to appear for a court appearance before.

Mr Seaholme said Freeman had been behind bars since the night of the attack, and waiting to apply for bail had been "a wakeup call for him."

Magistrate Bevan Manthey viewed CCTV footage of the incident; however, after viewing multiple angles declared it was of little use.

The court heard Freeman was homeless at the time having been asked to leave a hostel-style of accommodation in North Ipswich.

Mr Manthey said he accepted the submissions that Freeman didn't have the knife.

"My main concern is failing to appear and re-offending," he said.

"I'm prepared to grant bail with strict bail conditions with regards to protecting the community."

He ordered Freeman live with his mother in Logan, and not leave the house without her or another adult between 7pm and 7am.

Freeman was ordered not to have any contact with the victims or his alleged co-offender, and must report to the Logan police station daily.

The matter was adjourned until the commital callover at on July 9.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm, attempted armed robbery, mehfil indian restaurant



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