Alcohol fuels youth crime

A DRUNK Lismore youth who joined his two mates to assault a boy in a Goonellabah skate park also threatened to kill a supermarket security guard who caught him stealing a packet of deli cheerios.

The teenager, 14, appeared in the Lismore Children’s Court charged with assaulting the boy at 5pm on November 2 last year; and affray – intimidating by threatening violence.

It was revealed the boy was also suffering from liver damage due to his drinking.

The accused is also charged with assaulting the security guard at a Goonellabah supermarket at 6.30pm on October 6 last year; using intimidation to stop the guard from reporting a larceny; and larceny (stealing one packet of Cheerio’s and one packet of noodles).

“It is concerning that at the age of 14 he already has signs of liver damage. A sad, sad state of affairs,” Magistrate Robyn Denes said.

Facing the teenager seated in the dock, Ms Denes said the Juvenile Justice report, which included information about the offender’s liver damage, was almost a plea for help because every offence involving him also involved his use of alcohol.

“I know somewhere where he won’t get a drink for a while. Bail is refused,” she said.

She told the teenager Juvenile Justice would try to work out some way to get him back on track.

Police facts revealed that in the skate park offence the drunken teenager approached and pushed a boy trying to start a fight, but instead fell over because of his intoxication.

When his young mate then held the boy the teenager swung some punches, but missed because he was so drunk.

The boy was then king-hit by the second teenager.

While being held down on the ground by one of the three teens another kicked him in the head.

The assault stopped when passers-by came to the boy’s aid.

In the supermarket shoplifting offence the teenager was seen by the security guard to shove a deli-wrapped package of cheerio sausages down the front of his shorts.

After denying he had anything down his shorts he tried to twice punch the guard, but both times the punches were deflected.

Ms Denes said she would sentence the youth on March 15.

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