‘Like a pack of mongrel dogs’: Teenager involved in gang bashing, robbery goes free

by | Jun 16, 2020 | Cops | 2 comments

A teenager who was on a good behaviour bond and was part of a gang that set upon a victim “like a pack of mongrel dogs” in Darwin City, bashing him and stealing $450 worth of property, has received a suspended sentence.

The NT Supreme Court heard Ryan Harrison, 19, was already on a good behaviour bond for previous offences when he took part in the attack with three other co-offenders in the early hours of October 20 last year.

Harrison and the three co-offenders approached the 43-year-old victim on Peel St at about 4.50am, asking him for cigarettes and money.

“I’m not giving you anything,” the victim replied.

The group then set upon the victim, punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground, where he was punched and kicked in the face and head.

While the assault was occurring, a witnessed driving passed filmed the attack, with the footage later provided to police.

The court heard Harrison grabbed the victim’s bumbag – containing a phone, wallet and $200 in cash – during the attack and the quartet then fled.

A police car in the vicinity saw the victim – who said he had just been robbed – and pursued Harrison, who ran into the Woolworths carpark on Smith Street.

Harrison attempted to hide behind a vehicle parked in the carpark, throwing the bumbag under the car.

He was then arrested by police, who also recovered the bumbag.

The court heard the victim suffered a series of injuries during the attack, saying the gang had come at him like a “like a pack of mongrel dogs”.

He suffered abrasions and cuts to his forehead, nose and chin, swelling to both eyes and cheekbones and cuts to his elbows and knees.

Justice Graham Hiley while Harrison did not initiate the attack, he was the first to punch the victim in the face with a “clenched fist”.

“That made him more vulnerable to the punching and kicking by your co-offenders,” Justice Hiley said.

“Your overall offending is more serious than that of your co-offenders because it was you who took the matter beyond an aggravated assault.

“You stole the bum bag, and therefore committed the more serious offence of robbery.”

The court heard while Harrison had been released on bail since the arrest, he had been remanded back in custody on January 8 this year for breaching his conditions and had been behind bars ever since.  

Justice Hiley said Harrison had prospects for rehabilitation and immediately suspended his sentence, releasing him to live back in the Weemol community, 310 kilometres from Katherine, under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

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