A HORRIFYING attack on a schoolgirl has resulted in a group of youngsters aged 12-14 appearing before a children’s court charged with armed robbery and assault.
Police said the youngsters had lured the girl, 15, to the Frankston skate park on the pretext of being her friend.
There they allegedly punched and kicked her on the face and body and set fire to her hair with a cigarette lighter.
Three of the group appeared in court on Monday where one was bailed and two – a 12 year-old Seaford boy and 13-year-old Langwarrin boy – were remanded in custody. Four others were bailed by police to appear at a later date.
The attack – at 9pm, Friday 5 August – occurred only hours after a Langwarrin boy was bailed on other matters.
The shocked girl received a fractured right hand in the targeted attack as well as swelling and bruising to her face and body and singed hair.
Detective Senior Constable Ryan Collins, of Frankston CIU, said a Frankston North boy aged 14, Skye boy, 14, Seaford boy, 12, Frankston boy, 14, two Frankston North girls, 14, and two Langwarrin boys, 13, enticed the girl to the skate park, in Cranbourne Rd, at 9pm.
Things allegedly turned ugly when one of the boys began throwing chocolate pieces at the girl, and refused to stop when asked. One of the girls then allegedly punched the girl in the face and a boy allegedly kicked her in the face and body.
While the girl was on the ground a boy allegedly stole her bag and mobile phone while another allegedly used a cigarette lighter to set her hair on fire.
The girl managed to run home and tell her parents who called police. She was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment.
Senior Constable Collins said all members of the group were later charged with assault and armed robbery. He said other charges and arrests were pending.
He is appealing for anyone with information to call Frankston CIU, 9784 5555.