A teenager who was charged with assault with intent to rob, after he backed-up a co-accused who threatened another male with a knife, has been sentenced to time in custody.
According to police, the boy was one of three males who had been going from pub to pub in Orange but were ejected due to intoxication or lack of ID when they saw the victim ride a motorised scooter along Summer Street near Robertson Park at 8.26pm on May 19.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named had been in custody since August 20 when he appeared before magistrate David Day via video link in Orange Local Court.
Mr Day gave the boy a 12-month control order with a back-dated three-month non-parole period until November 19 for the offence.
MAP: The site on Summer Street where a person was threatened and assaulted ...
According to police, the boy followed when a co-accused ran after the person on the scooter and they confronted the victim outside Dum Dum Dumpling when he stopped to secure the scooter with a chain and key.
Police said the co-offender told him to give him the key, but the victim put it in his pocket.
Despite the third person in the group trying to get his friends to leave, the co-offender produced a knife and told the victim to “give me all your money”.
The victim tried to enter the restaurant but the boy grabbed his jacket and arms.
Mr Day said it was a serious offence but he noted that the victim ate a meal before reporting the incident.
Solicitor Andrew Rolfe said the boy had a very difficult upbringing but accepted responsibility.
“He put his hand up to more serious involvement than what was originally alleged by police,” Mr Rolfe said.
While he was in custody on October 23, the boy was also charged with assaulting another juvenile detainee and was convicted and given 12 months’ probation.
According to police he kicked the detainee in the back of the leg as the victim was walking backwards, causing him to fall.
Mr Rolfe said his client was larking about and police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Rile said if the boy didn’t have the other matter he would have received a “talking to” by police.
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