Woman holding baby hit with iron bar: police

Wage negotiations between the West Australian government and police officers have stalled and appear bound for arbitration, the union says. Picture: Stock image
Wage negotiations between the West Australian government and police officers have stalled and appear bound for arbitration, the union says. Picture: Stock image

POLICE have charged a 15-year-old boy for allegedly assaulting his neighbour with an iron bar, while she was holding her baby.

The boy was apprehended on August 9 over the incident police say happened on April 23.

They allege the boy’s neighbour approached him outside their Osborne Park units at about 11am to ask him to stop throwing rocks on her roof.

The woman, who was carrying her baby, turned to walk away from the boy when he struck her across the calf with an iron bar.

She kept walking away but police allege he followed her, hitting her on the calf again, then across her back and threw the pole at her.

Police attended but could not find the boy and the woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

She suffered severe bruising to her hamstring, knee and calf.

The boy faced Perth Children’s Court today, apologising to magistrate Stephen Vose for his aggression when he appeared before him on Monday.

His duty lawyer said he had apologised to the victim, recognised he had aggression issues and wanted to seek help for cannabis use.

The court also heard he was remorseful, showed “significant insight” into his behaviour and hoped to return to school.

Mr Vose released the boy on bail to reappear on September 25 and said he appreciated the apology.

“Sorry counts but it’s only half. The other half is they (victim) don’t want it to happen again.”