Magistrate on Mum’s side
A mother of five who advertises teenage parties on Facebook can continue charging children to attend her events after reaching a deal with police when the matter went before a magistrate.
Police had wanted to ban Michelle Rose from hosting parties for children between 13 and 16 after three open-invitation events that were promoted on social media led to trouble and required police attendance.
But an agreement struck at Moorabbin Magistrates Court on Monday allows Ms Rose to continue staging parties, provided she gets police permission beforehand and does not host events at warehouses or private homes.
Police reported coming across teenagers “significantly affected” by alcohol at separate parties held at Ms Rose’s then home in Caulfield North in June and September, according to documents tendered to court.
Also in September, several brawls erupted outside a party at a Moorabbin factory, while that same night a girl needed medical attention after a fire extinguisher was deployed, Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Milligan said in an affidavit.
The parties hosted by Ms Rose’s business, Forever Underage DJ’s Festival, have an entry fee of $10 per invitee and $15 for guests of invitees, Acting Senior Sergeant Milligan said. However Fairfax Media found tickets for one party in July advertised online for $35 each.
The court heard Ms Rose had booked events at warehouses claiming they were birthday parties for 12-year-olds.
Police were concerned at the potential for trouble at the parties hosted by Ms Rose, the court heard. She said the biggest party she hosted had attracted 400 teenagers.