Richmond River High student, Mitch Land, 15, of Caniaba, at home. His Year 10 graduation party turned ugly when a friend was be
Richmond River High student, Mitch Land, 15, of Caniaba, at home. His Year 10 graduation party turned ugly when a friend was be

Thugs hit Mitch's party

By ZOE SATHERLEY and RENEE REDMOND

YEAR 10 student Mitch Land thought he had done everything to avoid problems with gatecrashers at his school break-up party.

However, by the party's end early yesterday morning, a good friend was being treated by ambulance officers after allegedly being king-hit, knocked unconscious and robbed.

The perpetrator of the alleged assault, a 17-year-old Goonellabah youth, was admitted to Lismore Base Hospital under guard after doing 'a runner' from the police and accidentally being hit by a passing car. It was another teenage party on the Northern Rivers gone awry.

Yesterday, Mitch's mother, Kylie Land, who hosted the night with a number of other parents, said she and her son had undertaken all the recommended procedures to ensure a trouble-free night.

Up to 60 youths attended the party at Caniaba, south-west of Lismore.

It was meant to be an endof-year celebration for Year 10 students from Richmond River High School, most of whom had attended a dinner at South Lismore Bowling Club earlier.

Mitch said during the party three gatecrashers had arrived. They were older teenagers, not invited but related to some of the students.

"Mum went and spoke with them. She recognised some of them. They sat around drinking and seemed off their faces. Eventually they left but it seems they just went to the bottom of the driveway," Mitch said.

"A short time later my friend asked my mum if he could go and get a CD from his car, which was parked at the bottom of the driveway.

"We heard a commotion and went to check what was happening. He had been punched and knocked unconscious by someone and his music stuff was gone from his car."

Police were given a number plate for a car seen speeding from the scene.

Later they approached a number of people in a car in Dibbs Street, Lismore. The occupants fled.

Later still, police saw one of the people they wished to question in a taxi in Rotary Drive.

They stopped the taxi and the youth ran off. Police pursued the youth on foot.

During the chase, the teenager was accidentally hit by a passing car. He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he was kept under guard.

A teenager appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday charged with aggravated robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The youth has not entered a plea to the charges and did not apply for bail.

He has been remanded in custody to reappear via videolink in the Lismore Local Court on December 6.



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