An Adelaide court has heard a teenage girl accused of carrying out a school stabbing last week could pose a risk to the public if released on bail, saying her father owned 11 registered firearms.
- A 14-year-old accused of stabbing another student at an Adelaide school is seeking bail
- The Youth Court heard she has been subjected to threats and bullying in custody
- A prosecutor says she could pose a risk to the public
The Adelaide Youth Court heard the girl had been subjected to threats and bullying during her time in custody.
The 14-year-old — who is seeking release — will be psychiatrically assessed before the magistrate makes a decision.
She is accused of stabbing a 17-year-old student in the back on August 1, inside a bathroom of the North Adelaide school.
The school cannot be named for legal reasons.
The court heard the younger girl did not know her victim and apologised to her after the attack, before running off.
Prosecutor Paul Tate opposed all forms of bail, and expressed concerns about the risk the girl might pose to the public.
He said the girl’s father had 11 registered firearms.
The girl’s lawyer Aaron Almeida said strict bail conditions including 24-hour monitoring at home by her mother could help alleviate those concerns.
“We have a young girl in custody with no prior convictions, she has never had any suggestions of behaviour like this previously,” Mr Almeida said.
Custody ‘undesirable’ because of ‘threats and bullying’
Mr Almeida told the court his client had been bullied in custody over the past week.
“To say the least it has been a very harrowing experience,” he said.
“She has been subjected to threats and bullying… as a consequence of those threats and bullying the perpetrator was restrained.
“It is an undesirable environment for such a young girl.”
Mr Almeida urged the court to release his client on bail into the care of her family at home, and said she had supportive parents and family members.
“Rather than have this young girl remain in custody, my submission is that it is preferable to all parties to have her released into the care of her family,” he said.
Mr Almeida told the court that “every day” his client spent in custody was “too long” and said strict monitoring conditions including banning her from attending within 100 metres of the school could help safeguard the community.
Magistrate Kym Boxall said he wanted to explore the girl’s mental state and any danger she might pose to the community, before making a decision on bail.
He ordered a psychiatric assessment and home detention report and adjourned the bail application for four weeks.
“I should at least satisfy myself through some expert report about her current mental state,” Magistrate Boxall said.
“I have not precluded the possibility of some form of bail, but I am going to order a psychiatric report to inform the court about her mental state and whether she really does constitute a risk to the public and what that risk might be.”
An extensive suppression order remains in place on some of the allegations in the case.