A teenager will spend a month in custody after he allegedly attacked a husband and wife who tried to stop him desecrating Kurri Kurri War Memorial on Wednesday night.
Dillan Francis Smith, of Abermain Street, Pelaw Main, was refused bail in Maitland Local Court where he pleaded guilty to malicious damage but not guilty to six other charges, including committing an indecent act on a war memorial and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Court documents said a couple saw Smith smash a hole through the front door of a Lang Street business with a fire extinguisher about 11pm.
Smith, 18, walked across the road into Rotary Park where he hit the
cenotaph with the fire extinguisher, police said.
When the man, 45, and his wife, 40, confronted Smith he allegedly fired the extinguisher at them and ran off.
The couple ran across the street to the Coles supermarket and banged on the windows urging staff to contact police.
Unable to enter the locked store, the couple was approached by four men, including Smith, who allegedly punched the 40-year-old man in the head.
All four set upon the man who fell to the ground. His wife tried to stop the attack and grabbed Smith ripping off his shirt, but she was pushed to the ground, the court heard.
Smith allegedly kicked the man in the head more than once breaking his glasses. The assault went on for several minutes before Smith and his associates ran off, it was alleged.
Police found Smith, shirtless, standing near Lang Street about half an hour later. When they gave him the shirt, provided by the woman who ripped it off during the alleged assault, Smith told police: “Uh I thought I’d lost my shirt, thanks.”
He was arrested and taken to Maitland police station where police found cannabis and a screwdriver on him. In court on Thursday, the police prosecutor described the assault as a “sickening attack”.
Magistrate Darryl Pearce added: “The victims were doing nothing more than having a community-minded spirit to cease the destruction to this war memorial.”
Smith will return to court on August 20. He is scheduled to be sentenced for an unrelated affray charge at Kurri Kurri Local Court the following day.
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