Roma teen charged with torture had his case heard in court

A Roma teenager who pleaded guilty to one count of torture has had his case heard in court, however the matter was adjourned to later in the month to seek a psychological report.

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The Roma District Court heard the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fronted the Ipswich District Court on February 9 and faced other charges including sexual assault, choking and suffocation, assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault that occurred between May 5 and June 5 last year.

In court on Monday, February 15 Judge Michael Byrne QC said he dealt with the defendant just under two weeks ago and adjourned the matter until Monday, February 16.

“He was arraigned and a pre-sentence report was ordered,” Judge Byrne said.

Matthew Starrs from Youth Justice Services told the judge there was a hold up with the matter as the medical professional due to provide a psychological report could no longer provide one.

Judge Bryne asked how long until that report would be provided, to which Mr Starrs said hopefully in the next few months.

“Sometimes these can take several months, but they do understand the nature of this one so hopefully it’s quicker,” Mr Starrs said.

The matter was adjourned to the Toowoomba District Court for February 24.

The teenager will be remanded in custody until then.

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