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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