Teen faces court on multiple assault charges
The mother of a Canberra teenager accused of assaulting three people doesn’t want her son back in the house because of her concerns over his aggression, substance abuse and mental health.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, on Monday morning faced the ACT Childrens Court for allegedly assaulting a pizza delivery man, an off-duty police officer and a woman who tried to assist them.
Police said the off-duty officer saw the teenager allegedly pulling a pizza delivery driver out of his vehicle and punching him outside Gungahlin McDonald's, at about 8.30pm on Saturday night.
When the officer stopped and tried to intervene, the teen left the scene.
But police allege he later returned and ran at the police officer, assaulting a woman bystander who tried to intervene and punching the police officer several times.
Two witnesses helped the officer restrain the teen, who was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The Crown did not oppose bail but said the boy’s mother would not accept him into her care.
The court heard the teenager was intoxicated at the time of the alleged incident.
But a government youth worker told the court she had no where in Canberra to place the youth.
Magistrate Karen Fryar granted the youth bail but said he could not walk free until the director-general had found a place for him to stay.
Ms Fryar ordered the teenager to observe a nightly curfew and attend counselling or programs as directed.
He is due to reappear in the new year.