Rakes, sticks, knives: Elderly man, 75, violently bashed by teens
AN elderly man was bashed with a golf club, rake, sticks, rocks, an ant mound and a knife, then left lying bleeding on the ground before his keys were pulled from his pocket and car stolen, a court has heard.
An 18-year-old woman was sentenced in the Cairns District Court to 15 months detention with immediate release on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to robbery with violence in company and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The teen was aged 17 at the time of the offence in February last year, so cannot be identified.The court heard the girl was from Innisfail, but living with family on the Tablelands at the time when she and her 13-year-old male cousin got drunk on rum and bourbon, smoked marijuana and went to the 75-year-old man's Battle Creek home west of Ravenshoe.
She pretended to be looking for a cat before demanding his keys, falsely accusing him of being a child molester before the teens launched their attack.
The pair and a third child, who was never identified, brandished the various weapons during the "protracted and violent assault" which left him with a 22cm knife wound down his back, a fractured and cut eye socket which needed surgery and multiple other cuts and bruises.
Judge Dean Morzone said the man tried to reach his car but they hurled bricks, rocks and an ant mound at his head, causing him to fall, where they hit him over the head with a golf club on the ground.
"He lay motionless while you searched his pockets and drove away with his car," Judge Morzone said, while sentencing the teen.
"You know more than anyone in this room how close he came to being terribly injured or losing his life.
"It was so serious that the man reached a point where there were some grave concerns about his wellbeing."
Defence solicitor Andrew Dennison said the teen had no criminal history and had consumed "copious" amounts of alcohol for the first time when the "serious" incident occurred.
He said she had been forced to face all 12 of her furious aunts and uncles individually and was remorseful.
"She understands that she must face up to the consequences for her actions," he said.
Judge Morzone also ordered she serve a three-month community service order.
"I'm hoping that you have learnt the biggest lesson in your life," he said.
Originally published as Rakes, sticks, knives: Elderly man, 75, violently bashed by teens