December 24, 2015
A teenager charged with assaulting an Uber driver with a machete in Brisbane claims she acted in self-defence.
Kiara Turner, 17, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday after she allegedly pulled the blade on a 37-year-old Uber driver during a carjacking attempt.
Ms Turner was refused bail despite allegedly telling police the driver attacked her first, with Magistrate Jason Schubert commenting on her “appalling” criminal history.
A Brisbane Uber driver was attacked early Thursday.
A 17-year-old woman allegedly attacked an Uber driver in the head with a machete in Brisbane’s north early Thursday, before attempting to steal his car.
The 37-year-old driver was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with a serious head injury following the incident, which occurred in Bridgeman Downs, about 16 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD at 12.30am.
Police will allege the man picked up the teenager in Zillmere but later realised she wasn’t the person who had ordered the ride.
Police were called to nearby Fairhaven Street a short time later, where they found both the driver and the passenger out of the car and the man with a cut to his head.
A machete was found nearby.
The teenager, from Torquay in Hervey Bay, has been charged with attempted robbery with violence and assault occasioning bodily harm.
She is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.
The Uber driver, from Runcorn, is in a stable condition.
The alleged attack comes nearly three months after Uber drivers were targeted in a spate of assaults, allegedly inflicted by taxi drivers.
The attacks were a dramatic escalation in ongoing tensions between Uber and the taxi industry, with Uber having being subjected to a high profile publicity campaign paid for by taxi companies that attacked its legality and its safety record.
Source : Brisbane Times