Gang of aggressive girls turn violent, face jail

IT was mayhem in the street when a bunch of girls began a vicious fight inside Gladstone's ANZ bank before spilling down the street.

Alarmed store workers and shoppers could only watch in disbelief at the flurry of fighting limbs as the aggressive teenage girls continued brawling down the footpath of Goondoon St.

One of the fighters, Tijana Andrews, 18, (pictured, from Facebook) is back in jail for offending while on parole and pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to the public nuisance offence that took place on September 2.

Andrews had been free subject to probation at the time on a suspended sentence following an assault last year in which she was jailed for biting a nurse at Gladstone Base Hospital.

Then, aged 17, she took a 2cm bite out of the nurse's stomach. In her latest offence the troubled teen took part in the brawl at 11.40am.

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Police prosecutor Mark Fenlon said it began inside the front of the ANZ bank before spilling out onto the footpath where it the violence continued, with the five young women yelling and swearing.

Some of the girls had been pushed into the bank's glass window and the street fight witnessed by many people.

Mr Fenlon said her further offending showed "a degree of contempt" toward court orders.

Andrews turns 19 in November and defence lawyer Jun Pepito said she had spent many Christmases or birthdays in jail and did not want to spend any more but "she is not blaming anyone but herself".

"It seems that in her household drugs were normality," he said.

At times fidgeting in the dock and seeming not to listen, Andrews then pleaded with magistrate Jeffrey Clarke saying, "I just really need the help. I can't do it by myself".

She said "yep" that she would give probation another go, and Mr Pepito said the time under lengthy supervision would help her address mental health, drugs and alcohol problems.

"The lady at the bank said it was not my fault. She (another teen) hit me first. I was just defending myself," Andrews said.

Mr Clarke said issues of mental health and drug abuse had been identified and Andrews had six pages of criminal history.

However, he said there had been worse cases before the courts where people had been able to get themselves out of their offending.

Mr Clarke said he would impose a penalty to give her a chance to reform, change and rehabilitate.

"You have committed many offences for a young person and it needs to stop," he said.

"You have significant mental health problems that impact on your ability to think carefully about your offending behaviour. I will give you a chance."

He placed her on a three-year supervised probation order and she be released from jail in October.



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