Violent teenager faces detention

A VIOLENT 15-year-old girl is facing custody after leaving a policeman fearing for his sight.Magistrates heard Pc Alan Oliver must see a specialist after his eyeball was cut in a vicious attack by the troubled teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

A VIOLENT 15-year-old girl is facing custody after leaving a policeman fearing for his sight.

Magistrates heard Pc Alan Oliver must see a specialist after his eyeball was cut in a vicious attack by the troubled teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Her case at South-East Suffolk Magistrates Court was delayed after she became violent and abusive outside the courtroom.

Security staff were called and the teenage tearaway was locked in a vacant courtroom to protect other members of the public.


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Appearing in youth court, the slightly built youngster was quiet and well-behaved as prosecutor John Hardwick said she could expect an 18-month sentence after admitting grievous bodily harm.

The court also heard the girl is awaiting sentence for assault and vehicle interference.

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But chaos resumed after the hearing's conclusion with the girl refusing to leave the court building to return to secure accommodation.

Court staff were considering calling police reinforcements from nearby Ipswich Police Station as efforts to calm the girl continued.

It was all a far cry from the quiet calm of the courtroom – the only evidence of the youth's behavioural problems the removal of all water jugs and glasses.

She responded with quiet but confident guilty pleas as charges of criminal damage and grievous bodily harm were read out.

Mr Hardwick said the girl's attack on Pc Oliver followed a drinking binge in Christchurch Park on September 25.

Following the boozing session, she returned to her Ipswich care home and violence quickly followed, said Mr Hardwick.

Police were called when the girl broke a window. She ran out of the building as police arrived, but was caught in a nearby street.

Mr Hardwick said Pc Oliver and a colleague called an ambulance as the girl while smashing the window.

But it was when paramedics came to the scene that her behaviour worsened. As Pc Oliver attempted to calm the girl, she lashed out, punching him in the eyeball.

Mr Hardwick told the court he did not have an up-to-date medical report and urged magistrates to wait for sentence until it was available.

Mark Brown, defending, agreed and said magistrates should also call for pre-sentence reports.

The case was adjourned until October 22 and the girl was remanded into secure accommodation.

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