SUNDAY: One of two young women accused of a racist attack on an elderly blind man on a Gold Coast bus was already on bail over an armed robbery.
Layni Cameron, 17, was denied bail when she faced Southport Magistrates Court yesterday morning charged with serious assault and public nuisance.
She and 21-year-old Larna Watmough are accused of assaulting 77-year-old Paul Buttigieg on a bus on Tuesday. The attack was filmed by a 13-year-old passenger and quickly whipped up a social media storm.
Ms Cameron did not apply for bail and was led back to the cells sobbing after the court was told she was already on bail for an alleged armed robbery on a Surfers Paradise convenience store.
Outside court, defence lawyer Jodi Allen said both girls had been subjected to death threats.
"Both of them are quite understandably upset and remorseful for their actions," she said. "It is a situation where they've received death threats and other threats to their personal safety have been made against them online."
SATURDAY: Lana Watmough and Layni Cameron have both faced court this morning on charges of assault and public nuisance.
Ms Watmough was granted bail and will be back in court on April 23.
Ms Cameron made no application for bail and was kept in custody.
EARLIER: Two women, aged 17 and 21, have handed themselves in to police and were charged after an attack on a partially blind elderly man.
News.com.au is reporting that the pair have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in Southport Magistrates court today.
Footage of an attack on an elderly man on a Kirra bus went viral on Friday after the incident was filmed by a 13-year-old-girl who was also a passenger.
FRIDAY: Police say they have been able to identify two women, aged 17 and 21, where were involved in an horrific racial attack on an elderly Gold Coast man after a number of tip-offs from the general public.
Police are expected to charge the women after their attack on a partially blind indigenous man on a Gold Coast bus was caught on film.
Gold Coast District Acting Superintendent Brian Swan said the victim had made a statement to police and wanted to press charges.
Elderly man attacked by women on bus at Kirra found
POLICE have found the elderly victim of an assault on a bus on the Gold Coast which has sparked a social media storm across Australia.
It is alleged around 3.45pm last Tuesday the 77-year-old man was assaulted by two women while travelling on a bus around Kirra.
Police have checked on the welfare of the man and he has bruising to his arms.
The man has advised police he will make a complaint about the incident.
Police are working to locate the two women involved.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that social media has exploded with repulse at the two teenage girls who punched, kicked and spat on the elderly indigenous man.
Footage of the incident where two drunk teenagers assaulted and racially abused a man, who is almost blind and aged in his 70s, has gone viral overnight.
It has attracted thousands of comments, the majority expressing disgust at the despicable behaviour, with many naming and shaming the alleged girls believed to be responsible.
A post on the Gold Coast Bulletin's Facebook page reached more than 65,000 people alone with many commenting that the teenage girls were from the Palm Beach/Tweed area.
Footage from Channel 9 shows one of the girls saying 'we're in abo land now' before they punch and kick the elderly man.
The man tried to fight back until a passenger came forward to kick the girls off the bus.
After the incident the elderly victim had to be helped to his seat, crying 'I'm blind, I can't see."
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident on the bus to please contact Crime Stoppers.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
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