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Student charged with assaulting 4 at Australian university

27 Août 2017

A student at the Australian National University who allegedly attacked his fellow students with a baseball bat has been referred for a mental health assessment.


ACT Policing said it charged the young man following the incident at ANU on Friday.

Witnesses informed police that a man stood up during a class and on Friday and approached the teacher wielding a baseball bat.

The 18-year-old appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday facing six charges including three of assault causing actual bodily harm, two of intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm and one of common assault. They were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries, including broken bones.

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Ophel was not required to enter pleas before the court ordered him into the custody of a Canberra psychiatric facility to undergo a mental health assessment.

Student Jolene Laverty was on her way to a lecture when she saw Ophel being led away by police and several of the injured being treated by paramedics.

The teenager's parents, visibly distressed, were in court on Saturday morning.

Ophel had been talking calmly to his police escorts, Laverty said.

Student charged with assaulting 4 at Australian university