Man jailed for attack on teens

TROUBLED Jed Vincent terrified a group of Nimbin schoolboys inside a flat as he tried kicking in the door after attacking and chasing the frightened lads down a street at 2am on New Year’s Day.

At the time Vincent was on parole after serving time in jail for a similar offence.

Vincent, 25, of Goonellabah, will remain in jail for another two weeks after pleading guilty in the Lismore Local Court to three counts of assault against two boys aged 14 and 16, in a cowardly attack on January 1.

Vincent also pleaded guilty to recklessly damaging property at the flat in Cecil Street, and to trespassing.

Police facts before Magistrate Jeff Linden stated Vincent had a lengthy criminal history and was on parole at the time of the latest assaults after being released from jail only weeks before.

The teens were walking along Cecil Street in Nimbin after celebrating New Year’s Eve when they heard a man’s voice yell ‘Whose that, big fellas’.

Vincent then jumped off the veranda at a house and began taunting and insulting the boys, calling them ‘big fellas’ and trying to pick a fight.

Afraid of Vincent they kept walking while trying to ignore him until Vincent began asking one of them his name.

Vincent lifted both his arms and swung both right and left hands toward the boys, hitting one of them on his arm. A second boy was hit on the left side of his face by Vincent’s right hand.

Vincent then grabbed the third boy, aged 14, by his head and put him in a headlock, dragging him around while also trying to grab another boy who kept dodging away from him.

The youth in the headlock was able to break Vincent’s grip and the group ran to a nearby flat, but were followed by their attacker.

At the unit Vincent began violently kicking at the front door demanding they let him in, making threats saying, ‘You don’t want me to break the window.”

He continued to kick the door with such force the boys feared he would break it down so they phoned Triple-0 for help.

When Vincent smashed a front window to the unit the terrified boys ran out a back door and hid in nearby paddocks and properties until police arrived.

Police said they found Vincent at the scene in a highly intoxicated state. Smashed glass was scattered throughout a lounge area of the flat and the three boys were visibly shaken and afraid at what had taken place, they said.

After considering matters put to the court by Vincent’s defence lawyer, Vince Boss, Mr Linden jailed Vincent for six months, backdated to the date of his arrest. He will be eligible for release at the end of this month.

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