One month’s custody over damaged cars

A TEENAGER who stole a car and damaged two others will spend a month in youth detention while he waits to face serious ­charges in an adult court.

The now 19-year-old appeared in a child­ren’s court by video link yesterday, pleading guilty to charges dating back to 2014.

The court heard in December 2014 the accused asked a woman, who was known to him, for a ride from Mildura back to Dareton.

However, when the woman refused, he became angry.

About the same time a second woman, not known to the teen, was on her way to pick up her vehicle – which was parked near the same Mildura address – when she witnessed the teenager smash its tail light with his fist.

The court was told the teenager then smashed the light of the first woman’s ­vehicle before ­going inside a nearby house to calm down.

On a separate occasion, the teenager and a co-accused stole two vehicles, a ute and Nissan, parked about 400 metres apart.

The following day, NSW Police located one of the vehicles in Namatjira Avenue.

The was court told it had been involved in a police pursuit.

The second vehicle was also recovered, the teenager later admitting he had stolen the ute and had been a passenger in the ­Nissan.

The teenager was arrested in South ­Australia and refused to be interviewed by Mildura police.

Magistrate Jon Klestadt yesterday ­sentenced the teenager to one month’s youth detention and ordered him to pay a total of $471 compensation to two victims for damage to their vehicle lights.

The teenager, who was already in ­custody, will face an adult court in December on charges including aggravated armed ­robbery, aggravated carjacking and armed burglary.

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