THREE Victorian youths involved in a pack bashing in Dean Street, Albury, won reductions in their sentences.
The three appealed to the District Court at Albury against the severity of control orders previously imposed by magistrate Tony Murray in Albury Children’s Court.
Mr Murray had warned a Wodonga youth to stay out of NSW or face tough consequences.
When sentencing another youth, Mr Murray described a group of eight youths as “a pack of hyenas” who had attacked a man, 18, in front of his mother while shocked pedestrians looked on.
The incident broke out about 11.40am on April 12 after the group followed the man and his mother from the Myer centre to Dean Street.
The mother and son were taunted before the vicious attack. Several youths repeatedly punched the victim.
The group ran off when the victim sought refuge in a shop.
They were heard boasting about their exploits.
One youth, 15, received an 11-month control order with a minimum term of four months.
He served two months at the Riverina Juvenile Detention Centre before Judge Stephen Walmsley allowed his appeal in part — varying the minimum two months, enabling his immediate release.
An Eskdale youth, 16, who received an eight-month control order with a minimum of two months, lodged an appeal immediately. He was released on bail without spending time in custody.
Judge Walmsley allowed his appeal and suspended the two months.
And Mr Murray sentenced a youth, 17, to a 10-month control order with a minimum of three months.
His distraught mother hugged him last month when he was sentenced, refusing to let go as police tried to take him into custody.
But he was granted appeal bail after spending a brief time in the cells.
Judge Walmsley did not impose a conviction and put the youth on a 10-month suspended sentence.