Teen bashes security guard with skateboard

A TEENAGER who bashed a security guard over the head with a skateboard has faced court.

Michael Che Te Maro, 17, was hanging out with a group of mates at Riverlink Shopping Centre, riding bikes and scooters.

A security guard approached the group and told them to leave the area.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard after the youths refused to move on, the guard grabbed the back tyre of Te Maro's girlfriend's bike to stop her but she lost control and fell off.

The court was told the girl hit her head on the concrete so the group descended on the guard.

The court heard the gang swarmed and some of the youths began punching and hitting the guard.

Te Maro then grabbed his skateboard and bashed the guard over the head with it.

He left the scene after unleashing verbal abuse before police arrived.

When officers questioned Te Maro he was co-operative and admitted he had "snapped" after seeing his girlfriend fall off the bike and hit her head.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said the offence was entirely out of character for Te Maro who had lashed out in defence of his then-partner.

Mr Hodges said Te Maro was extremely remorseful and had the support of his family.

The court was told Te Maro was the only one of eight youths to be charged with any offence arising from the incident. He waited for officers to arrive while his co-offenders fled.

Te Maro yesterday pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company.

He was put on 18 months probation and ordered to undertake any counselling programs required to treat his anger management problem.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said responding to a situation with violence was never an answer, particularly when a group attacked one person.

Ms Sturgess said that sort of criminal behaviour could see Te Maro serve actual jail time, despite his young age.

She noted Te Maro provided references which supported he was usually a pleasant person.

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