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Boy, 13, in Toowoomba court for violent robbery

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy had assaulted then robbed a 13-year-old of his scooter in a Toowoomba park, the Children's Court of Queensland has been told.

The lad, who turned 13 last week, appeared in court to plead guilty to the charge of robbery with personal violence.

Crown prosecutor Alysha Ballantyne told the court the then 12-year-old had approached the other boy in the O'Quinn St park in Harristown on September 13, last year, and invited him to fight.

When the other boy declined, the 12-year-old threw a drink bottle at him which hit him in the head then punched him in the head and ribs.

The boy had then taken the victim boy's $180 scooter, telling his mother at home that he had found it in a garden.
However, he came clean with police who arrived at his home the next day, the court heard.

His barrister Jessica Goldie told the court her client was attending flexi school and working part-time in a cafe as well as attending programs with off-duty police officers.

The lad, who cannot be named, lived with his parents and his mother was in court supporting him, she said.

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC noted the boy was on a good behaviour bond at the time of the offending and placed him on 12 months probation but ordered the conviction not be recorded.

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