A 15-year-old girl, one of two teenagers accused of mugging a man they arranged to meet through Facebook marketplace, is likely to enter a plea of not guilty during her next court appearance.
The girl, along with a 13-year-old, allegedly snatched the 43-year-old man’s iPhone 12 Pro Max he had been planning to sell to one of the pair when they met in the northern Perth suburb of Banksia Grove on July 9.
The girls ran off, but the man gave chase, before the teenagers allegedly produced knives and slashed the man to the head several times. He was taken to hospital for treatment, needing 10 staples and two sutures on three wounds.
The girls, who can’t be named for legal reasons, were due to reappear in Perth Children’s Court on Monday, each charged with aggravated armed robbery and unlawful wounding.
The 13-year-old appeared over the phone on Monday morning, and her case was put back to next Monday for further negotiations between her defence and the prosecution.
It was during this hearing that the girl’s defence asked that the matter then be moved to September 14 when it was believed the 15-year-old girl would appear again after entering a plea of not guilty during her appearance later on Monday afternoon.
In a previous appearance, the court was told the 15-year-old had a “horrendous record for violence” and was on bail at the time of the alleged incident.
While the younger teen was granted bail, the 15-year-old was refused bail and remanded in custody at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre.
She’s due to appear in the same court via video link on Monday afternoon.