A teenager who emerged from a pack of leering, abusive youths to throw a bottle at police skulked away before being arrested, a court has heard.
The boy, who cannot be identified, failed to front Albury Children’s Court this week over the matter.
His absence though did not stop magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim from finding the facts of the case proven, adjourning the matter for sentencing on February 18.
The court was told the now 17-year-old was already on a probation control order for two years at the time of the offence.
Police had charged the boy with a single count of throwing a missile at police executing their duty.
The incident arose out of a large gathering of young people – police estimated there was between 200 and 250 – at the corner of Kurnell and Byron streets, North Albury, on December 14 about 11.30pm.
They were in the area for a party.
Police said most of the crowd were drinking alcohol, including the boy, then 16.
At one stage during the party a girl was assaulted, which resulted in police being called.
When they arrived, the officers were met with a barrage of abuse language.
Before they knew it they were under attack.
Police said a “number of bottles” were being thrown at them from within the crowd.
None actually hit the police, instead smashing on the roadway in between the milling crowd and the officers.
It was immediately after this that the boy made his move.
As the police watched, they noticed him throwing another bottle towards them.
Again, this landed on the roadway and smashed.
The boy then tried to evade the officers by crouching down and moving further into the crowd.
But the police weren’t going to let him get away.
They moved forward into the crowd, so the boy ran into a nearby park.
While the boy initially was able to keep his distance from the pursuing officers, they eventually nabbed him in the centre of the park.
He was then arrested and later charged.
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