TWO women have been charged with the savage assault of an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus.
A 17-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Friday afternoon after their battered and bruised 77-year-old victim built up the strength to come forward and file a complaint with police.
It’s alleged the Tweed Heads man was punched, kicked, spat on and sprayed with racial abuse by the two accused while he was on a bus in Kirra around 3.45pm last Tuesday afternoon.
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The whole ordeal was filmed on a mobile phone by a terrified 13-year-old schoolgirl who is heard on the video pleading for someone to intervene.
The footage, aired by Channel Nine on Thursday night, went viral and has outraged thousands of people across the country.
Detectives launched an immediate investigation into the incident and were able to identify the suspects after being inundated with information from the public.
A 17-year-old girl handed herself in to Coolangatta Police shortly before 2pm. After her arrest, she was heard sobbing and pleading with police “I don’t want to go” as officers placed her in the back of a paddy wagon, headed for the Southport watchhouse.
A second 21-year-old woman handed herself into Southport Police shortly after her young friend’s arrest.
Both women were each charged with serious assault and public nuisance and remanded in custody until Saturday’s court appearance.
Charges of serious assault carry maximum penalties of up to seven years in prison.
There are reports the 17-year-old teen is already on bail for a separate offence where it’s alleged she robbed a Surfers Paradise convenience store at knife-point earlier this month to fund one nights luxury accommodation in a Gold Coast highrise.