Youth pleads guilty to Lavington scissor stabbing 

A YOUTH will be sentenced later this month over a confrontation near a Lavington food outlet where a man was allegedly stabbed with scissors.

The 17-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty in Albury Children’s Court to a charge of affray.

Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis withdrew charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, and assault.

The youth, who appeared via video-link from the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre at Wagga, will be sentenced on January 21 after the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Two men left Lavington Square shopping centre on July 23 and went through the McDonald’s car park to Red Rooster on Wagga Road.

A short time later they were confronted by a man and three juvenile associates.

One of the juveniles had a steel bar tucked up the sleeve of a hooded jacket.

The two men attempted to leave the scene, fearing for their safety, but a fight broke out.

It was witnessed by a man who walked out of a shop after hearing noise and two others sitting in a school bus about 20 metres away.

One of the witnesses recorded the registration of a vehicle used by the attackers.

The youth was involved in a fight where one man was hit across the shoulder with an iron bar before the victim allegedly suffered a serious stab wound from a pair of scissors.

The four assailants left in a car and police quickly arrived to set up a crime scene.

Lavington man Brendan Patrick Ryan was arrested and declined to be interviewed by police.

Ryan, 20, was subsequently charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and affray.

The charges against him are still before the court.

Police contacted the youth’s mother and arranged for him to attend the station.

He went there on August 1 and declined to answer any questions about the incident before being charged.

Two other youths previously pleaded guilty to their involvement after their cases were originally listed for hearings.