AN Ophir Road teenager, fed up with two groups of young people continually taunting each other and using foul language outside his house, has been placed on a good behaviour bond after headbutting a young man and knocking out one of his front teeth.
Geoffrey Lane, 19, faced Orange Local Court yesterday charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard Lane was at home with a female companion on the evening of May 18 when a car containing six young occupants repeatedly drove past his house.
The occupants of the car exchanged profanities with a second group of young people on the road near his house.
Lane took a torch from the house and when the vehicle drove past again he threw the torch at the vehicle.
The vehicle stopped and the occupants got out and came towards Lane.
Despite a young woman in the group trying to intervene, court evidence showed Lane pushed passed her and headbutted one of the males in the group.
Police stopped the vehicle on its way back into Orange, but no mention was made by the occupants of the altercation that had taken place with Lane.
The victim was driven home by his friends, but was later taken to Orange hospital where police tracked him down and interviewed him.
Lane’s solicitor Mason Manwaring said his client had made the wrong decision to go outside on the night and had acted completely out of character.
“When the police stopped the vehicle the injuries on the victim were not obvious,” Mr Manwaring said.
In sentencing Lane, Magistrate Terry Lucas said the court could impose a two-year-jail term for the offence, but he did not think it was appropriate in this case.
“You have never been in any trouble before and it appears to me the parties involved in this took it upon themselves to drive 15 kilometres out of town to do this,” he said.
“This is the only blemish on your excellent reputation in the community as you are a hard worker,” he said.