Julie-Anne Gill, 17, of Casino who is sporting the bruises after being attacked on Friday night.
Julie-Anne Gill, 17, of Casino who is sporting the bruises after being attacked on Friday night. Jacklyn Wagner

Casino street assaults increase

JULIE-ANNE GILL should have sat her HSC trial maths exam yesterday: instead she spent the day recovering from cuts and bruises resulting from an assault in Casino's CBD on Friday night.

The 17-year-old claims she was attacked while walking along Canterbury Street shortly after midnight by another female teenager outside Woolworths.

Ms Gill claims she didn't know her attacker and was 'shaking' when more girls joined in the attack.

"The fight went on for about 20 minutes before a few older people broke it up," she said.

For the second weekend in a row Casino's CBD was the setting for an assault involving teenagers that resulted in arrest.

On August 2 four female juveniles were arrested after an assault at West Street, Casino.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Steven Clarke said the number of assaults in Casino during the past month had increased to a point warranting more police.

"We are increasing police presence in Casino with a view to bring down the number of assaults, which have become a concern," he said.

Julie-Anne's mother, Rosemary, said she was angry that her daughter had tried to walk through the streets at night and said 'everyone knows it's not safe to walk through the streets of Casino at night'.

"I know grown men who won't walk from pub-to-pub in Casino," she said.

"Julie-Anne's uncle also died in hospital after an assault. You don't get over an attack like that and it's a fear you really don't get over."

Det Insp Clarke agreed it was not fair residents of Casino felt scared to walk the streets at night, but said while police were doing everything they could, the public could also take measures to protect themselves in the interim.

"There are a number of things the public could do, such as not getting intoxicated and walk home alone, travel in groups, use public transport," he said.

"It's fair to say that the onus is on us, but the public can also help."

Lismore police crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan confirmed a 19-year-old female had been charged in relation to the incident on Friday night with seven offences including: assault occasioning bodily harm, resisting arrest, assaulting police, offensive behaviour and malicious damage.

The incident was now under police investigation.

Another young female was also expected to be interviewed about the alleged assault.

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