Teen girl bashed by gang
THE frightening gang bashing of a 14-year-old girl after Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday night has left a Thabeban father reeling.
Justin Jones said he saw more than 20 people surround a girl, kicking and punching her, on the outskirts of Alexandra Park about 8.30pm on Saturday.
Mr Jones was watching his two children play after the Chinese New Year fireworks when someone yelled there was a fight.
He told his children to go back to their mother while he went to see if he could help.
What he saw when he arrived at the scene shocked and distressed him.
Mr Jones said a girl was surrounded by about 20 youths, between about 10 and 16, who were punching and kicking her.
“There was at least two older females watching the fight and not doing anything,” he said.
Mr Jones, with the help of a friend and other bystanders, broke up the fight and the children scattered, including the victim.
“I chased her because she was bleeding and wanted to make sure she was okay but I lost her on Bourbong Street,” he said.
Mr Jones said even a few days after the event he was still rattled.
“I've never seen anything like that before,” he said.
Mr Jones said the bashing had also scared his kids, especially his eldest, who was nine.
“He is still scared and asking why the girl was screaming and if the others were hurting her,” he said.
Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the girl came to police after the incident but was sent to the hospital to have her injuries treated.
The girl has not made a complaint about the beating.
“We are still investigating the incident,” he said.
Insp Guteridge asked that if anyone had any information to contact police.