A teenager accused of breaking into the home of 22-year-old Townsville crash victim Jennifer Board after she was killed has beaten the windows of a courtroom dock and yelled abuse during his bail hearing.
- One of the two teens accused of the burglary was denied bail
- He said he had “no idea” he was breaking into the home of the crash victim
- His co-accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service
After learning he had been denied bail, the 15-year-old was heard screaming at police saying “open the doors motherf**kers” and “let me the f**k out of here c**ts”.
Magistrate Vivian Keegan and her clerk fled the courtroom during the outburst, while the boy’s mother had to be removed from the courtroom by security.
During the bail application at the Children’s Court in Townsville, Magistrate Keegan said the teenager was deemed to be an “unacceptable risk” of committing further offences.
It is alleged that at about 1:00am on Sunday, the 15-year-old and another teenager broke into the Corcoran Street home of Ms Board, who was killed by an alleged vigilante driver last Friday.
The teenager then allegedly fled with a wallet, when disturbed by a man staying at the property.
He is also charged with stealing and drug offences.
Teen had ‘no idea’ home belonged to Ms Board
Magistrate Keegan told the court the teen and his co-accused had “no idea” the home belonged to Ms Board and that the coincidence was “unfortunate”.
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While the magistrate listened to the application and objection to bail, the teenager interrupted on several occasions calling those in the court “dumb c**ts”.
Lawyers representing the teen proposed that he be subject to a residential curfew, a no-contact order with his co-accused, and be made to improve his school attendance.
Magistrate Keegan rejected the proposal and refused bail.
The situation quickly deteriorated when the 15-year-old leaned back in the dock and began thrashing the walls and glass windows with his feet.
He then stood up and began bashing on the glass doors of the enclosure, while police on the other side tried to de-escalate the situation as Magistrate Keegan left the courtroom.
“I want to go home mum, I want to go home today,” he said.
The boy’s mother and uncle stood outside of the dock trying to calm him down.
“There’s nothing I can do baby, you just need to man up and do what you’ve got to do,” his mother said.
“Don’t you listen to them, you just do you.”
After police and security made several requests for the woman to leave the court, she had to be escorted out.
The teenager’s matter was adjourned until February 24, he was taken back to the watch house and the court resumed.
Teen’s co-accused pleads guilty
Another 15-year-old boy charged over the burglary was released from custody after pleading guilty to several charges.
The court heard that in recent weeks the teen had been given $100 to steal fuel from a petrol station in a stolen vehicle.
He then allegedly tried to steal a carton from a bottle shop, but dropped it.
His most recent offence was allegedly breaking into the home of Ms Board.
The court heard the teenager had no history of criminal offending and had maintained a strong attendance at his high school.
In sentencing the teenager, Magistrate Keegan warned that if he continued to “hang out” with people who were a bad influence, he would “ruin his future”.
The magistrate ordered the 15-year-old participate in restorative justice programs where he could conference with the victims of his crimes, and ordered him to serve 40 hours of community service.