Common assault: robbery in company: Police v BDI

Common assault, Section 61 Crimes Act 1900 – robbery in company, Section 97(1) Crimes Act 1900 – plea negotiation – good behaviour bond, Section 9 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999

Facts:

BDI was arrested by police in relation to an assault on a cleaner at a shopping complex. The incident was captured on CCTV, and shows the friends of BDI assaulting the cleaner. At one point, BDI approached the victim and pats him down, as if searching for a wallet or phone. BDI was charged with common assault, and the matter was heard in the Parramatta Children’s Court.

Outcome:

Prior to the hearing, a successful plea negotiation resulted in the robbery charges against BDI being withdrawn, in return for BDI pleading guilty to the charge of common assault. Following his plea of guilty, BDI was sentenced to a good behaviour bond of 12 months.

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