– A boy was freed on bail seven times before he allegedly used a box-cutter to inflict horrific injuries on a young father and his pregnant wife in their Melbourne home on Christmas Eve.
The 13-year-old has been charged after the man was slashed from the back of his head to his nose in front of his toddler son.
His pregnant wife was also allegedly kicked in the attack and suffered a severe head wound from the box-cutter, with both parents expected to be scarred for life.
The boy, who is alleged to have attacked the western suburbs couple, had been granted bail seven times despite facing more than 60 outstanding charges including arson, armed robbery, robbery and aggravated burglary.
Police Association secretary Senior Sergeant Greg Davies said the law governing bail for young offenders needed to be changed.
Government spokeswoman Kate Walshe said the Government was considering a range of options to strengthen bail laws and will consult with Victoria Police on any specific problems police are encountering.
The victims were at their western suburbs home on Christmas Eve when the father noticed the boy lurking in the kitchen.
The pair grappled moments later and the 13-year-old allegedly used the box-cutter to slash the male from the back of his head to his nose.
The father lost a litre of blood in the attack, which he feared would kill him.
His seven-month pregnant wife tried to intervene but also reportedly suffered a severe head wound from the box-cutter.
She was allegedly kicked in the stomach after being knocked to the floor during the violence.
The husband then used a kitchen knife to stab the intruder, who ran from the property.
He was arrested moments later by police who had been called to the area after a separate confrontation in which the boy allegedly pulled a knife on a nearby resident.
The alleged offender – who the Herald Sun cannot name because of his age – remains in hospital recovering from the knife wounds.
Detectives from Maribyrnong CIU charged the boy with aggravated burglary, intentionally causing serious injury and assault.
He was remanded in custody to appear at a Children’s Court this month.
Senior Sergeant Davies said that under existing laws a person aged under 14 is presumed not to know the difference between right or wrong.