Warrnambool court told of robbery 

THREE teenagers charged in relation to an alleged vicious slashing, bashing and armed robbery in Warrnambool have had their cases adjourned.

Two of the three youths, who cannot be named because they are aged under 18 years, appeared in a court this week and had their cases  adjourned until a further hearing on March 26.

Police allege that four teenagers were involved in an incident which led to a male suffering serious injuries in the Lake Pertobe area on October 3 last year.

The man was walking home on Pertobe Road from the skate park when he was approached by a male teenager near a fish and chip shop.

A car driven by a young woman and carrying male teenagers then pulled up. The pedestrian is alleged to have been punched before running into a caravan park. 

Three male youths are then alleged to have given chase, one allegedly producing a knife, and punched and kicked the man after catching him.

It is also claimed he was slashed with a knife to the arms and legs, causing significant injuries.

He was further threatened with the knife while being bashed and his mobile telephone and $55 were taken, it is alleged.

A solicitor for one of the accused is yet to see a police brief of evidence, while the solicitor for another defendant indicated her client would plead guilty to some offences but not guilty to armed robbery.

That youth pleaded guilty to making and igniting an explosive device and received a good behaviour bond.

Police said that charge related to an incident on November 18 last year when the youth mixed sparkler powder and petrol into a paste, separated the paste into eight small packages and then lit and threw them out the front of his home.

Alarmed neighbours called police and the fire brigade attended. The youth later told police he realised someone could have been hurt but thought the blasts would be fun and entertaining.

The youth’s solicitor said her client was now living in Melbourne, attending Tafe and doing well away from the those who had led him astray.

The magistrate said he recently heard a case in which explosives and fireworks were set off and someone had been severely burnt.


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