Teen jailed for street robbery

Linwood-101A youth has been sent to prison for 18 months for his part in a group robbery of teenagers in November.

David Farhan Prasad was sentenced on charges of robbery, theft of an I-Phone, receiving a cell-phone, and obtaining $300 by deception.

The 19-year-old was refused a home detention sentence by Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave, who said the street robbery occurred while Prasad was on bail for the other offending.

Judge Neave said Prasad was in a group of offenders who came up behind a group of teenagers in Linwood Avenue, near Linwood Park.

One of the offenders punched a victim in the side of his face and kicked him in the chest. Another offender threatened to shoot the teenagers.

Prasad was not involved in the violence, but a stolen cell-phone was found at his address, Judge Neave said.

In his victim impact report the victim said it was a frightening experience, but there were no lasting effects.

Judge Neave said Prasad’s pre-sentence report said he did not take responsibility for the offending, and had had no interest in engaging in the supervision sentence he had been given for previous offending.

He sentenced him to 18 month’s prison, and said he could not apply for home detention. He ordered a reparation payment of $300, and read him the first of the three strikes warnings for violent offenders.

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