A NORTH Albury youth who attacked an elderly man he believed was a paedophile, broke two of his ribs and fractured his skull near his right eye, has been convicted and fined after failing to attend court.
The youth, 17, appeared in Albury Children’s Court last September on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Magistrate Tony Murray ordered a Juvenile Justice report after the youth pleaded guilty and sentencing was adjourned until October.
But when he failed to attend court in October, the youth was convicted in his absence and a warrant issued.
An application was later made to have the conviction annulled, which was granted and a hearing date was set for this week.
Magistrate John Favretto imposed a conviction and $550 fine when the offender, now 18, failed to attend court.
The attack happened on August 12, 2013, when the victim was waiting at a bus stop in Griffith Road, Lavington, at the front of Centro Shopping Centre about 9.30am.
He had known the youth for about two years because they lived in the same street.
The victim was approached by the youth, who began abusing him.
The youth used his left hand to punch the man twice on the right side of his face and forced him backwards.
He inflicted a further blow to the victim’s nose breaking his glasses, while the youth continued holding the man’s jacket.
He released his grip on the jacket and punched the victim to the left side of his chest.
The youth left the location and the victim went home seeking assistance from an ambulance.
He was taken to the Albury hospital where his injuries were assessed which revealed two broken left ribs and the facial fracture.
The following day the victim went to the Albury police station, made a statement and photographs of his injuries were taken.
Police tried several times to arrange an interview with the youth, but they were unable to find a support person and the youth was aggressive.
He told police on one occasion: “I hate that paedophile. I’m gonna stab him for what he did to my sister.”
The youth declined to be interviewed by police on October 17.
But he made partial admissions about the assault, claiming he was acting in self- defence.
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