Police charge Ipswich teen in bloody Schoolies scandal

A fight broke out at a Schoolies party involving several girls from Ipswich. Photo: Contributed
A fight broke out at a Schoolies party involving several girls from Ipswich. Photo: Contributed Contributed

UPDATE, 9AM: Police have charged an 18-year-old woman following investigations into the alleged assault of an 18-year-old woman in Surfers Paradise yesterday.

Around 12.20am, it will be alleged two women were involved in an altercation inside an apartment complex on Ferny Avenue when one of them was struck in the head with a ceramic mug.

An 18-year-old woman from New South Wales sustained a laceration to her head and was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

An 18-year-old Flinders View woman has been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on December 12.

 

6AM: An 18-year-old Ipswich girl has handed herself in to police after she was accused of attacking another girl with a coffee mug at a Schoolies party on the Gold Coast - leaving her face a bloodied mess.

The victim was an 18-year-old girl from New South Wales who was later treated at Gold Coast University Hospital for a head gash and a nose injury.

Police say the attack followed a petty disagreement between the two girls at 12.20am on Tuesday in a room in the Vibe Hotel at Surfers Paradise.

Superintendent Des Lacy said it was understood the two girls were sitting on a bed when the alleged attacker asked the victim to move.

"Neither the victim nor the offender were occupants of the room, but they were both in the room and a verbal argument ensued," he said.

"It was over something as trivial as one girl sitting on a bed that the other girl said was hers."

It is believed the alleged attacker grabbed the girl by the hair before hitting her over the head repeatedly with the mug.

The alleged attacker then fled the scene with another girl who was wearing a horse mask.

WILD NIGHT: An Ipswich teenager (left) poses with police in Surfers Paradise a few hours before an alleged assault left a NSW schoolie drenched in blood.
WILD NIGHT: An Ipswich teenager (left) poses with police in Surfers Paradise a few hours before an alleged assault left a NSW schoolie drenched in blood. Contributed

An image of the victim was posted on 2013 Schoolies Embarrassing Moment's Facebook Page, which was then inundated with comments by outraged members of the public and Schoolies.

Other pictures of the alleged attacker and the girl with the horse mask, who is also believed to be from Ipswich, were also put on the site, including a picture taken earlier in the night showing the two girls with two police officers.

The alleged attacker has since deleted her Facebook account, on which she had earlier stated she was not a Schoolie and had used a fake ID to gain a Schoolies pass.

She contacted Ipswich police yesterday and is now assisting them with their inquiries. A former acquaintance of the alleged attacker said on Facebook that she was "disgusted with what they did".

But the mother of the alleged attacker yesterday supported her daughter on Facebook.

"Don't believe everything you read on social media," she said.

"There are always two sides to a story, but unfortunately only one side has been heard.

"Children and adults alike should keep their negative opinions to themselves unless they witnessed the alleged incident.

"I will stand by my family and ensure that they receive the help and support they need."



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