Toowoomba girl, 14, asks magistrate to lock her up

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl who asked a Toowoomba magistrate to put her in custody rather than return her to care had an improved attitude, the city's Children's Court heard.

Magistrate Damian Carroll told the girl it took courage to ask to be placed in custody and that, by her solicitor's submission, the time in detention had been good for her.

The girl had gone into custody after an altercation with Child Safety staff at a safe house in Toowoomba on June 11.

She had yelled and screamed at staff before kicking a hole in a wall at the home, prosecutor Senior Constable Alister Windsor told the court.

Yelling "f*** Child Safety", she had taken a number of dinner plates and cups from the home which she smashed on the street outside.

Police arrived to find a large amount smashed crockery on the road and the girl yelling in the middle of the street.

She was arrested, telling officers she didn't want to go back into car but wanted to go to "Juvie", Snr Const. Windsor said.

She appeared by video-link to the Detention Centre to plead guilty to all charges including punching a girl in the face outside a Wine Dr convenience store on May 29..

Her solicitor Kevin Rose said his client's attitude had changed since being in custody and now wanted to go home.

He said the girl at times suffered anxiety which caused her to behave in such a manner.

Mr Carroll said it was concerning the girl had so many offences of violence on her history at such a young age.

Without recording convictions, Mr Carroll ordered the girl serve 70% of a five-month detention order and be released under supervision on August 16.



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