A teenager involved in assaulting a schoolboy, believed to have been 13, in the area of Ballymena Bus & Rail Centre last April has been ordered to complete a ‘one punch information session’.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, had pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting the boy and a second charge of having blades from a Stanley Knife in a public place.
The defendant also has to complete a note of apology to the victim as part of a Youth Conference Plan, a court heard.
Furthermore, he has to do 12 hours of ‘reparation to the community’.
He has to submit to a restriction from harassing the victim for six months; submit to a restriction from being at Ballymena Bus station/Shop area, Galgorm Road 8-9am and 3-4pm on school days for six months and submit to Youth Justice Agency supervision for six months.
In April police said a boy needed hospital treatment after suffering facial injuries after allegedly being struck with a hammer.
At the time a local councillor alleged other schoolchildren filmed the incident on mobile phones.
Other youths have also been charged in connection with the case.
A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty to assaulting the schoolboy.
A youth – aged 17 – was charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent against the boy and possessing a hammer as an offensive weapon.