Tasered teen told cops to kill her

A TROUBLED teenager tasered by police during a tense standoff at a Toowoomba shop wanted police to kill her, the city's Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

The 17-year-old was armed with a knife when she entered Berny's Fish Bar on Herries St about 7pm, March 17, and demanded an employee call police or she would stab him, prosecutor Sergeant Greg Lewis told the court.

After stabbing the knife into the counter, the teen repeated her threats until police were called.

When three police officers entered the shop soon after, she pointed the knife towards them and was repeatedly warned to put the knife down or she would be tasered.

However, when she approached police yelling “Shoot me with your real guns”, she was tasered and dropped to the floor where she was disarmed, Sgt Lewis said.

Police administered first aid until an ambulance arrived and took the teen to hospital.

She later told police she had taken the knife to the shop after hearing voices in her head and had wanted police to kill her, the court heard.

Sgt Lewis told the court but for the fact police were armed with tasers the teen “might have achieved her aim”.

The teen's solicitor Phil Stainton said his client suffered mental health issues and had been held in mental health and prison custody since the incident.

At the time of the event his client's medication had been changed, he said.

Mr Stainton submitted his client be placed on probation to obtain supervision and help for her problems, a submission supported by Sgt Lewis.

Magistrate Andy Cridland said the case involved “a very unusual set of circumstances” and placed the teen on three years probation to include continuing mental health treatment.

Noting her age and lack of previous convictions, Mr Cridland ordered the convictions not be recorded.

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