#AceNewsReport – Feb.09: Police allege a 25-year-old Bushland Beach man was driving a Holden Statesman in Townsville when it struck and killed Ms Board just before 10:00pm on Friday: Police say he had been in pursuit of a stolen car:
Queensland police charge man with murder over fatal Townsville crash as youth crime taskforce announced: The man was charged with one count of murder and will appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
ABC News – : Updated: 49m ago
On Sunday, police also arrested a 17-year-old girl who is believed to have been a passenger in the stolen car.
On Monday morning, two 18-year-old men were arrested in Rasmussen and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing and two counts of attempted burglary: Those two men will also appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday: The arrests came as police announced plans to fly six detectives from Brisbane to assist officers in Townsville on a new taskforce to clamp down on repeat youth offenders.
Assistant Commissioner Brett Schafferius said the investigation was ongoing and any additional arrests would be dictated by the evidence as it came forward: Can I say to vigilantes out there — stop it,” Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said:
If you think for one second you are contributing to community safety in Townsville, you are wrong: You are putting yourselves and innocent members of our community at risk, and it can end in fatal consequences.”
The 17-year-old girl has been charged with five counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of stealing: Police allege she was a passenger in the stolen sedan involved in the crash: Lawyers representing her briefly appeared in the Children’s Court in Townsville on Monday: The court heard they intended to make an application for bail at a later date: She was remanded in custody and is expected to appear for a Children’s Court hearing via video link on Thursday: A woman known to the teenager became overwhelmed with emotion during the hearing, saying “She [the girl] wasn’t even driving”……..Police have refused to say whether any of the people under arrest had been on bail, but said all alleged offenders were known to police.
Police also confirmed they had a suspect in connection to a break-in at Ms Board’s unit after she died:
“Disgustingly, her unit was broken into, and that is currently under investigation,” Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said.
Police said there was no evidence the alleged thief knew it was Ms Board’s unit.
Police fly in additional officers to tackle youth crime in Townsville
Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said the new taskforce would commence immediately and run 24/7.Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Queensland news.Read more
It will re-route around 100 officers to specifically target recidivist offenders.
“Can I just highlight the incredible work officers in Townsville have been doing in this space already,” Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said.
“This year alone, 76 offenders on almost 300 charges for property offences have been apprehended by police.
“Putting this together in this new format, is enhancing and putting on steroids what has been occurring, to get these offenders off the street.”
On Sunday the Queensland Opposition called on the State Government to reintroduce breach of bail as an automatic criminal offence for youth offenders.
“We’ll continue to do our job within the legislative framework that’s provided to us,” Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said, when asked about legislative changes.
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Feb.08: 2021:
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