TWO teenagers have been charged over the alleged brutal assault of two brothers at a popular Gold Coast shopping centre.
The pair were at Coomera Westfield around 2.00pm on Tuesday when they were approached by a group of teens and allegedly bashed.
The 21-year-old and his 16-year-old brother, who were visiting from Melbourne, suffered various injuries including broken ribs as well as cuts and bruises to their faces.
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The older brother told Newcorp that he believes it was a homophobic attack, as the teens allegedly shouted homophobic slurs at the pair.
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said he was “particularly disturbed” by the assault.
“To be the victim of a violent assault is a traumatic experience and I share with all Queenslanders in sending our thoughts to the man, his family and friends,” Minister Ryan said in State Parliament.
“I have no doubt those responsible will be tracked down and feel the full force of the law, but only minutes ago I was informed that that had already happened.”
“That good work is another illustration of the world class police operation that we are fortunate to have on the Gold Coast and throughout Queensland.”
A 15-year-old boy from Upper Coomera has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed/in company.
He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
While an 18-year-old man from Upper Coomera will face Southport Magistrates Court next month also charged with assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in/company.
Investigations are ongoing.