Sentencing delay for trio: New witnesses to assault emerge

THREE people who admitted being involved in the assault of a teenager that saw him airlifted to hospital in Melbourne will now be sentenced next year.

Ashley Kempton, Riley Allen and Daniel Adolph pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury at Mildura Magistrates’ Court in June.

They are accused of assaulting the then 19-year-old victim in the early hours of July 26 last year on Langtree Avenue, some of which was captured on CCTV.

They were due to face plea hearings in the County Court sitting in Mildura this month, but the emergence of new witnesses has pushed the hearing to next year.

While Kempton pleaded guilty, he disputes­ parts of the prosecution’s version of events and will face a contested plea hearing.

A court previously heard his claim that he did not strike the victim but admitted to “aiding and abetting” Allen and Adolph in the assault.

The County Court yesterday was told Kempton’s defence wanted to cross-examine a number of witnesses at the plea hearing.

The court heard there were potentially three witnesses who had emerged and who had not previously made statements to police.

The victim was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne after the attack to undergo surgery.

The trio was facing the more serious charge of intentionally causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence, which would have carried with it a mandatory four-year prison sentence, but reached a plea deal with prosecutors earlier this year.

They will be back before court on February­ 8 for the plea hearings.

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