Girls charged over alleged bus bashing in Court

UPDATE: LARNA Watmough, 21, has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence for her involvement in the sickening attack on a 77-year-old vision impaired pensioner on a Gold Coast bus.

The sentence was wholly suspended, meaning Watmough will walk free from court today.

She’s also been ordered to pay $500 in compensation to her elderly victim.


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UPDATE: A MAGISTRATE has condemned the horrifying attack of an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus, describing the actions of the accused as “deplorable, absolutely deplorable”.

Layni Cameron, 17, and Larna Watmough, 21, were each charged with serious assault and public nuisance over the attack in February last year, after video of the incident went viral on social media.

CCTV footage from the Surfside bus was played to the Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon during the sentencing of Ms Watmough, who the Magistrate said appeared to be the main offender.

The prosecution asked that Ms Watmough be jailed, describing the attack as “extremely serious”, and urged the court to condemn the “senseless, gratuitous violence”.

Watmough’s defence lawyer said, although her client had admitted to bashing the 77-year-old, she never made any racist remarks.

It was also revealed that Watmough received multiple online death threats after the footage of the attack was posted on Facebook.

Her charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years behind bars.

Sentencing continues.

EARLIER: TWO girls who allegedly attacked an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus will front Southport Court over the incident today.

Layni Cameron, 17, and Larna Watmough, 21, were charged with serious assault and public nuisance over the February attack, after video of the incident went viral on social media.

The pair are said to’ve assaulted 77-year-old Paul Battigieg on a bus in Kirra. apparently kicking, punching and spitting at him while hurling insults.

The pair have previously told the Southport Magistrates Court they’ll plead guilty to the high-profile attack.

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