Girl, 13, In Court Over Alleged On-Field Attack On 15-Year-Old
She allegedly punched an older player up to 10 times in the face.
A 13-year-old Perth girl has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm following an alleged on field attack during a junior football match.
Police say it unfolded in the final 10 minutes of the June 8 game at Heathridge oval.
Today the Joondalup Children’s Court heard the victim, a 15-year-old girl playing for the opposing team, made a comment about the accused being “cheeky” over a referee decision.
When challenged to a fight, the older player responded with “what are you going to do, look at the size of you.”
Officers say the 13-year-old yanked the victim’s ponytail and after a scuffle, tackled her to the ground.
It’s then she allegedly punched the older player up to 10 times in the face.
The 15-year-old suffered facial and spinal injuries as well as a concussion.
She required a neck brace for eight weeks and now has partial and potentially permanent blindess in her left eye.
The court heard the 13-year-old received an eight week suspension after fronting a community football tribunal, which expires on the 24th of August.
Her lawyer asked for bail conditions to be altered to reflect that ban being lifted -- the conditions currently prevent the 13-year-old playing or attending matches commissioned by the West Australian Football Commission.
But the prosecutor opposed the changes, saying the condition was needed to protect other children.
Magistrate Stephen Vose agreed, saying the allegations were serious and if convicted would attract a significant penalty.
Bail was renewed on the same terms with the matter adjourned until September 20.