Teen allegedly smashed toy gun in support worker’s face

A DISABLED teenager belted a support worker in the face with a Nerf gun so hard that the toy shattered.

The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard the support worker was visiting the 18-year-old at a unit complex on August 28 to talk about his goals when he lashed out.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rick Pallister said the teenager's demeanour changed after a phone call from his mother.

Sgt Pallister said the young man pointed the gun at the support worker, then pulled at her face, before smashing the toy into her face and neck so hard "the gun smashed into pieces."

A doctor who examined the woman found she had severe bruising.

A lawyer for the teenager said he had tried to apologise immediately but was not aware if the victim heard his apology in her distress.

The court heard that the young man has autism, attention deficit disorder, an intellectual impairment and Tourette Syndrome.

Snr Sgt Pallister described the situation as "unique" but "nevertheless, it's a serious matter".

Magistrate Annette Hennessy placed the young man on 12 months' probation.

Topics:  court crime disability services

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