Father speaks out on teen street violence
MINORS accused of a brutal attack on two 14-year-old schoolgirls have flouted the law by defacing an official police caution and uploading the document to social media.
The father of the victim, who cannot be named, was hurt and angered at seeing a video of his daughter being bashed about the head while out enjoying New Year celebrations in the city.
"You don't expect it. You should be able to be free to roam around in town," he said.
One girl has been officially cautioned by Cairns Police under provisions under the Juvenile Justice Act in relation to the charge of common assault and directed to comply with a curfew.
Chief superintendent Brian Huxley said if police had been at the scene, the girls would have been arrested.
"That behaviour is totally unacceptable," he said.
"In any instance if that sort of thing is happening, if a video is on social media and the person being assaulted can make a complaint to police, we would most definitely follow up on those things."
Police say inquiries are continuing in respect of other participants in the incident.
The father is calling for something to be done to curb violence.
"It's not right," he said.
"We all know about the one punch business. For her to come in from behind and smack her in the back of the head. My wife still can't watch the video, it makes her sick.
"And I think she is extremely lucky a member of the public broke the fight up."
The father said he understood the alleged assailants were minors and "what they did was wrong but I hope deep down that they are not bad like that and I feel compassion for her family as well".
"She could have killed my daughter but I see it as them being silly kids," he said.
The daughter said she was "a bit scared" of future confrontation. "I am not going to walk around in town for a while," she said.
Anyone with information can call Policelink on 131 444 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au