A teenage girl has been left bloodied and bruised over a ‘‘trivial argument’’ during Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast, police say.
The 18-year-old victim, believed to be from Sydney's Northern Beaches, was allegedly assaulted with a ceramic coffee mug in a room at the Vibe Hotel in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
It is understood the victim was sitting on a bed in the hotel room, when her alleged attacker asked her to move, Superintendent Des Lacy said.
‘‘Neither the victim nor the offender were occupants of the room, but they were both in the room and a verbal argument ensued ...,’’ he said.
Superintendent Lacy said the argument escalated when the alleged attacker grabbed the girl by the hair and then hit her over the head with the mug about 12.20am.
The girl’s alleged attacker fled the hotel room with a friend, who was wearing a horsehead mask, before hotel management arrived.
A confronting photo of the bloodied victim was later posted on the 2013 Schoolies Embarrassing Moments Facebook page by a friend who pleaded for information on the alleged attacker.
‘‘My friend got severely assaulted by a thin tanned blonde girl wearing a bright orange skirt and cropped white singlet accompanied by her friend who was wearing a horse headed [sic] mask,’’ the friend wrote.
More than 1000 people responded to the online plea, with many posting photos of the two alleged attackers, wearing the same clothes and headwear described by the victim’s friend.
One photo showed the pair posing with two police officers on patrol at Surfers Paradise.
Others named the two girls and shared links to their personal Facebook profiles.
The alleged attacker was soon identified as an 18-year-old girl from Flinders View in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.
The pressure on social media reportedly became so intense, the pair deleted their own Facebook accounts and handed themselves in to Ipswich police.
‘‘It’s a good thing that on this occasion social media was able to be used for us to be able to identify the alleged offender,’’ Superintendent Lacy said.
Superintendent Lacy also issued a warning to Schoolies who continued to risk their lives on high-rise balconies on the Gold Coast.
He said a video was posted on Facebook showing three young men hanging over the balcony of a Broadbeach apartment.
‘‘In fact they were on the other side of the railing posing for a camera,’’ he said.
He said police had been able to identify the apartment building in the footage via Google Earth and intended to speak to the schoolies involved.
‘‘We are hoping that we will be able to charge these three males with that offence of unrestricted dangerous behaviour,’’ he said.
‘‘I think the old saying is, ‘you can’t put an old head on young shoulders’."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.