No evidence to place teenager at scene of home invasion

A TEENAGER caught carrying items allegedly stolen during a violent home invasion in Takura has been urged to dob in his mates.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said that while it might be considered "un-Australian," the teenager might want to "dob in his mates", so he could explain how he came to be in possession of the tainted property.

The 16 year old, said by defence counsel John Milburn to have an emotionally abusive and alcoholic father, was in Hervey Bay Magistrates court facing charges of robbery and receiving stolen goods after police arrested him by the side of the road on the night of the robbery, which left one man injured.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk objected to bail, arguing the teen had entered the premises with an instrument that had been used as a weapon.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said while there was strong evidence for the charge of receiving stolen goods, there was no strong evidence as yet to place the juvenile at the scene of the violent robbery.

"There's no evidence to suggest the child actually entered the premises," Mr Tatnell said.

Bail was granted on condition the teen not contact the complainant, remain at the residence of his carer and be bound by a 7am  to 7pm curfew unless accompanied by a parent or carer.

Mr Milburn said his client was living with a carer due to abusive circumstances at the family home but did not have a drug or alcohol problem.

The carer was in court to support the juvenile.

The matter was adjourned till November 23.



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