Teen who behaved in 'disgraceful way' in café given probation

The Magistrate's Court. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (37796401)

A TEENAGER who pushed and shoved his way into a café and was found to be carrying class A and class B drugs has been put on probation for nine months.

The Youth Court heard that the 17-year-old – who cannot be named due to his age – pushed other customers out of his way in order to confront another man inside.

Legal adviser Luisa Stewart, prosecuting, said the States police arrested the youth for causing a breach of the peace and then discovered he was carrying both cannabis resin – a class B substance – and the class A drug ecstasy. He claimed the drugs were for his own use.

He admitted the charge of causing a breach of the peace and the two charges of possession of drugs.

Advocate Mike Preston, defending, explained that the other man in the café had spat at the teenager, and said: “He was a bit drunk. He just lost his temper.

“He knows he behaved in a disgraceful way.”

He said that in the months since the incident the teenager had been drinking less.

Advocate Preston also pointed out that the teenager was about to start a new job, and so argued for a probation order rather than a community service order.

Relief Magistrate Sarah Fitz imposed two nine-month probation orders for the breach of the peace and drugs possession, to run concurrently, and told the teenager: “I hope we will never see you in this court again.”

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