Girl (13) to re-appear at Joondalup Children’s Court over serious Heathridge football assault injuries

The 13-year-old, right, outside Joondalup Childrens Court today. Picture: Tyler Brown.
The 13-year-old, right, outside Joondalup Childrens Court today. Picture: Tyler Brown.

A 13-YEAR-old girl charged with grievous bodily harm over a junior football assault in Heathridge will re-appear in court next month.

The girl allegedly left a 15-year-old girl with serious spinal and facial injuries after the incident.

The teen appeared in Joondalup Children’s Court this morning where her lawyer requested an adjournment saying they needed more time.

Magistrate Catherine Crawford granted the extension and said bail would be renewed on the same terms.

These included a ban on playing football in any WA Football Commission-sanctioned matches.

Outside court, the teen was asked if she missed playing football but she did not answer.

The June 8 incident is alleged to have started after the 13-year-old had a dispute with the victim over an umpiring decision in a match between Warwick Greenwood and Ocean Ridge.

In July, the police prosecutor told the court the incident happened about 10 minutes before the end of the game at Heathridge Park.

The accused is alleged to have pulled on the victim’s pony tail before tackling her to the ground and repeatedly punching her to the face.

The victim was seriously injured, suffered concussion and dizzy spells and was left in a neck brace for eight weeks.

She had a haemorrhage in one eye and experienced partial blindness.

The girl is due back in court on October 16.