Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Rock-throwing lies: Teens get community service

Three young men who lied to police about a rock-throwing incident in northern Sydney last year have been sentenced to community service.

A 17-year-old boy suffered a severe head injury when a rock was thrown through a car window in September.

His three friends, 18-year-old Elai Mann and Cameron Bruce and 19-year-old Matthew Geerke, told police it happened at Allambie Heights.

But they changed their story the next day, admitting the boy was attacked at Curl Curl after they had thrown eggs at the offenders.

They were charged with making a false statement to police.

Their lawyers told Manly Court they had mostly clean records and were now paying for a moment of madness.

Magistrate Andrew George sentenced the trio to 100 hours of community service each, saying while they were all legally adults, they had not grown up yet.

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