Teen admits to charges

A TEENAGER at the centre of a violent and brutal attack on Glen Innes police has pleaded guilty while his co-accused will fight the charges.

Kasandra Daley, Judith Dawn Boney, Brian Joseph Boney and Samuel Tobias Boney allegedly turned on two officers who tried to arrest a juvenile with the group about midnight on March 30 in Glen Innes.

The 16-year-old teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, has now pleaded guilty to a string of offences including escaping from a police paddy wagon during the incident on March 30.

The juvenile has admitted to three counts of assaulting police including causing actual bodily harm to one of the officers at the scene, escaping custody, affray, resisting police and a home invasion-related charge.

The teenager, who has been in custody since his arrest, appeared in Armidale Local Court yesterday where he admitted to the charges.

He was granted strict conditional bail and will learn his fate at a sentencing hearing in December.

Meanwhile, his four adult co-accused signalled this week they will fight the charges and have pleaded not guilty to the aggravated break and enter in company and affray. In an appearance in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Karen Stafford committed them for trial with a date to be fixed later this year.

Judith Boney is also standing trial on one count of causing actual bodily harm to a police officer, with all of the accused’s remaining 15 backup charges to be considered during the trial.

Police allege Brian Boney released the juvenile from the back of a police paddy wagon while the male and female officer were allegedly set upon and violently assaulted by others in the group.

Police allege the female officer was punched in the head several times, causing the closure of her eye, while another was kicked in the head and sustained cuts, bruising and lacerations.

The violent outburst allegedly stemmed from a home invasion in the town earlier that night.

The pair managed to retreat and called for backup from officers from neighbouring stations who eventually arrested the five co-accused.

Daley remains on strict conditional bail while the rest of the alleged adult offenders have been refused bail to remain in custody ahead of the trial.

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