Youth admits role in bus lounge attack

RiccartonA 16-year-old has admitted his part in an armed group attack on a victim at the Riccarton Bus Lounge in March.

In the Christchurch Youth Court, the teen, who has automatic name suppression, did not deny wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and threatening to kill.

In the early evening of March 17, the five alleged offenders were on Division Street when they smashed the windows of their victim’s car with a tomahawk.

They all entered the Metro Lounge and started to assault the man, punching and kicking him, and striking him on the top of the head with the back of the axe.

The youth in court today punched and kicked the victim’s head.

The victim received a cut to his head requiring seven stitches, grazing to his forehead and the bridge of his nose, a black eye, and cracked ribs.

When the police visited an address at the end of March for a bail check, the youth threatened them, demanding they leave the address. He told them he had a shotgun in the house and was going to get it and shoot the police.

Judge Robert Murfitt said on July 26 the teen was to attend a family group conference with the victim, the teen’s family, police, his lawyer, and Child, Youth and Family officials, where they would all have input to work out an appropriate punishment, and ways to help him get his life back on track.

Judge Murfitt said he needed to make good apologies, and have a plan as to where he was heading. He said the Youth Court would help him get over the mistakes he had made.

Three of the alleged offenders charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm have pleaded not guilty and are due to appear at a case review hearing on July 18.

The last alleged offender is also a youth and has a pre-trial argument scheduled for next month.

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