Vi­o­lent end to bike dis­pute

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A dis­pute over a bor­rowed bike turned vi­o­lent in Ti­tahi Bay last month.

Els­don man Brian James Alexan­der Evans, 22, and Ti­tahi Bay’s Les­ley Anne Chance Cas­sidyJohns, 17, were con­victed last Tues­day at Porirua Dis­trict Court of as­sault and steal­ing a bike.

At 5pm on Oc­to­ber 6, Evans and Cas­sidy-Johns were in an al­ley­way off Tan­gare Drive in Taka­puwahia.

They ran up be­hind a male and fe­male vic­tim, who had a BMX bike with them, po­lice prose­cu­tor Paul Macky said.

The vic­tims tried to run away, but Evans and Cas­sidy- Johns caught them. Evans pushed the male to the ground and punched him sev­eral times.

Cas­sidy-Johns did the same to the fe­male, shout­ing, ‘‘Give me your s...’’ and try­ing to search her pock­ets, Mr Macky said.

Evans and Cas­sidy-Johns then took the bike off the vic­tims and ran away.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic nearby called po­lice, and the pair handed them­selves in at Porirua po­lice sta­tion a short time later.

The male vic­tim suf­fered mi­nor swelling and bruis­ing, and the fe­male vic­tim had a sore arm, Mr Macky said.

Evans’ lawyer, So­nia This­toll, said there was a his­tory to the bike dis­pute – her client had lent it to the vic­tims pre­vi­ously.

Cas­sidy- Johns re­gret­ted her in­volve­ment, her lawyer Val Nis­bet said.

‘‘She should not have got her­self in­volved in this sit­u­a­tion.’’

Judge John Walker gave Evans and Cas­sidy-Johns credit for their early guilty pleas and for their clean con­vic­tion his­to­ries.

They were lucky charges of ag­gra­vated rob­bery against them were dropped, be­cause they would oth­er­wise be fac­ing prison sen­tences, Judge Walker said.

He sen­tenced the pair to 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work each.

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