Teen pleads not guilty to alleged violent attacks on women in Sydney's west

| 13.05,18. 09:22 AM |



Teen pleads not guilty to alleged violent attacks on women in Sydney's west



Photo: CCTV footage showing the moment before one of the alleged incidents. (ABC News: supplied)


Police have outlined the violent history of a 14-year-old accused of bashing two women in the Sydney suburb of Bonnyrigg, a the court hearing the boy choked and then dragged one of the women behind a bus stop.


The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to the assaults at Bonnyrigg this week.


The first victim, a 23-year-old woman, was allegedly grabbed from behind as she was walking alone on a suburban street in the suburb on Tuesday night.


The woman had her mouth covered and was thrown to the ground, before she fought off her attacker, police said.


Two days later, another 23-year-old woman was allegedly grabbed from behind on Brown Road in Bonnyrigg around midday.


Police said she was choked, dragged behind a bus stop and punched in the head.


In court, the magistrate described the alleged assaults as "unprovoked, vicious attacks on two females in public places, who were not known to the accused".


The 14-year-old was arrested at a home in Bonnyrigg on Friday.


He was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and appeared via video-link in Parramatta Children's Court this afternoon.


The court heard the teenager had scratch marks on his arms and legs allegedly showing where the women tried to fight back and that the second victim had large purple-black bruises on her neck and arms.


At the time of the attacks the boy was subject to strict bail conditions and curfews for two unrelated violent offences.


His defence argued his troubled behaviour was a result of his unstable and dysfunctional upbringing and his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which he was being medicated for.


The magistrate refused the boy's bail.


"It comes down to the seriousness of the alleged offences," the magistrate said.


"The accused poses an unacceptable risk of reoffending and risk to the community."


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