Bus station attack: Court orders teenager to complete a ‘one punch information session’

Ballymena Bus and Rail Centre
Ballymena Bus and Rail Centre

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.

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