5 September 2022

Two teenage girls charged over alleged aggravated robbery

| Claire Fenwicke
ACT Law Courts

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been charged over the alleged aggravated assault of a woman in a Belconnen car park. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Two teenage girls fronted the ACT Children’s Court on Friday (2 September) charged over an alleged aggravated robbery in Belconnen the previous night.

It’s alleged the pair, aged 13 and 14, approached a woman in a Belconnen shopping centre car park about 7:25 pm on Thursday and demanded she hand over her car keys.

Police said when the woman refused, the girls allegedly assaulted her and stole her handbag.

Officers spotted the alleged offenders about five minutes later and arrested the pair after a short chase.

When the girls were searched, police said, they found the woman’s handbag, along with a large kitchen knife that had allegedly been brandished during the robbery.

The alleged victim was taken to hospital by family members to have her injuries checked.

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The girls have been charged with a number of offences, including joint commission of aggravated robbery and breaching good behaviour orders.

Police opposed bail as they said both alleged offenders were subject to previously granted good behaviour orders, and that the 13-year-old was on bail for contravening a protection order.

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