A YOUTH involved in a savage assault and robbery of an American tourist sleeping overnight in his car in Albury has been given a 28-month control order.
The tourist from California suffered a severe facial injury after being punched in the nose by an accomplice of the youth as they raided his belongings in a car near the J.C. King netball courts in November.
The youth, 17, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in company with wounding causing grievous bodily harm in the District Court at Albury.
Judge Stephen Walmsley imposed a non-parole period of 14 months backdated to March 4 and expiring next May 3.
The tourist arrived in Sydney on November 22, drove to Albury and parked near J.C. King Park to sleep in his car.
It was about 4.45am on November 23 when he heard the youth and an accomplice trying to break into his vehicle.
They were told to leave him alone, but it was claimed the grandmother of the accomplice had suffered a heart attack.
The tourist initially refused help, but then unlocked his vehicle and offered assistance.
He came face to face with the youth and his accomplice hit the tourist on the head with a vodka bottle saying: “Give us your keys”.
The demand was refused and the youth punched the tourist to the face.
He tried defend himself, but the pair punched him numerous times to the head and body.
The tourist retreated a short distance, but ran back when the youth said they were taking his belongings.
He was punched to the nose by the accomplice which caused a deep cut across the bridge with blood spurting into his eyes and over his body.
He ran to a nearby house for help as his car was being ransacked and an emergency call was made to police and ambulance officers.
Police set up a crime scene and stolen items were found in Bungambrawatha Creek suggesting that was the way the offenders escaped.
Albury hospital treated the tourist, who received 10 stitches to the nose wound and six stitches to a shoulder injury.
The youth’s father was recorded on closed circuit footage on November 26 placing an item on top of an ATM at Centro Albury.
It was later found, given to police and was the tourist’s US passport.
When questioned by police, the father said he found it at his home.