What started as an innocent backyard family camp-out ended in terror for one Wagga father subject to an unprovoked assault, as his child watched on.
According to police facts tendered to the court, the 16-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, approached one of the victims as he loitered out the front of his home, asking him “you wanna go? I’ll go ya.”
The teenager then allegedly started throwing punches at the victim, with several connecting with his face and head as the victim asked him to leave and a violent struggle ensued.
According to the facts, the accused found himself in trouble again when police attended a Wagga residence to shut down a party, where he swore at, punched and yelled at officers before resisting arrest.
Facing six charges, including two counts of assaulting an officer, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm including an officer, resisting an officer and affray, the teenager sat nervously awaiting his sentence.
The teenager’s solicitor, Emily Winborne, said the accused had the necessary support to ensure he never returned to court, as she pointed toward his mother and grandmother.
“He’s never been in trouble with the justice system before and has been suffering as a result of his parents separation and school bullying,” Ms Winborne said.
Police prosecutor Priscilla Jones said it was an unprovoked attack which would have been terrifying for the young child watching on. The accused was sentenced to good behaviour bonds without conviction.