Leeds ‘machete attack’ girl wanted to be a model

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The father of a teenage girl who was allegedly attacked with a machete in Leeds said she has been left scared to leave hospital.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified, suffered a serious facial injury in the incident in Moortown on Monday evening.

It is claimed she was slashed after being involved in a fight with another girl.

A 17-year-old boy appeared in court on Friday (Jan 9) charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was remanded in custody until January 23.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the victim’s father said his daughter, who had ambitions to be a model, was facing a long road to recovery.

“She’s scared to leave hospital,” he said. “She’s a happy-go-lucky girl, she speaks her own mind. But right now she’s timid and her mental state isn’t what it was.

“I’m just hoping she will get back to her old self.”

The incident happened shortly before 8.30pm on Monday, on Lingfield Drive, allegedly after a pre-arranged fight between two girls.

The victim’s father said he was left in shock when he went to visit his daughter, who also suffered a fractured skull, at Leeds General Infirmary.

“She had a massive laceration across her face and was complaining of a severe headache,” he said.

“I’m devastated to think that such a thing could happen to a teenage girl. It’s just not what anyone would think could happen in this day and age.”

During a 10-minute hearing in Leeds Youth Court on Friday (Jan 9) the defendant spoke only to confirm his name and to ask for clarification of the charge. He was remanded to appear at Leeds Crown Court on January 23.

Two other males, aged 17 and 20, and a 15-year-old girl who were arrested in connection with the inquiry remain on bail.

The girl’s father thanked staff at LGI for their treatment of her.