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Teen charged over alleged assaults, including unprovoked attack on couple – Byron Bay

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A teenager has been charged after allegedly assaulting three people and a police officer at a park in Byron Bay yesterday.

About 12.30pm (Thursday, 17 September, 2020), officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District were called to a park on Bay Street, following reports a young girl was being assaulted by a teenage boy.

Shortly after, it’s alleged the teenage boy tackled a 64-year-old man and kicked a 61-year-old woman who were running through the park in an unprovoked attack.

The couple fell to the ground and sustained bruising; however, they did not require medical treatment.

Police arrived to find the teen allegedly choking and punching a 14-year-old girl who was known to him.

When officers intervened and attempted to restrain him, a senior constable was allegedly punched in the head.

The youth was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where he was charged with common assault (DV), intentionally choke person without consent, common assault (x2), resist officer in execution of duty, affray, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension, and assault officer in execution of duty.

He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court today (Friday 18 September 2020).

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  1. “intentionally choke person without consent” – is that an actual charge? Is it considered OK (or less felonious) to choke someone WITH consent?


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