Girls sent to Justice Conference

TWO teenage girls arrested over the assault and robbery of a woman in the Ipswich CBD and have been sent to Youth Justice Conference.

Police said that about 7.40pm on February 26 a 17-year-old Brisbane woman was walking towards David Trumpy Bridge when she was grabbed from behind by two females and punched in the face twice.

The attackers stole her handbag and mobile phone before running away, leaving the woman distraught and with a bruised face.

Ipswich CIB Detective Senior Constable Travis Blyth said the young woman came to Ipswich by train to see her boyfriend.

Snr Const Blyth said two girls, aged 15 and 14, were arrested and would be sent to Youth Justice Conference, which brought offenders, police, victims and their families together to talk over how the incident affected everyone.

He said he had been in contact with the victim and she was happy with the outcome.

According to the Youth Justice Act, Youth Justice Conferences must be directed towards making an agreement about the offence.

Agreements commonly include apologies from the young person to the victim and other affected people including their parents and police and may be written, verbal or both.

Agreements may also include restitution and compensation payments, undertakings of voluntary work which are linked to working toward repairing the harm, participation in counselling or other self-improvement programs and commitments about the young person's future conduct.



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