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Guilty Plea Over Linwood Park Incident

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Christchurch, Jan 16 NZPA - A guilty plea to a charge of demanding with menaces has ended the prosecution of a group of teenagers charged over an early morning bashing incident in Linwood Park.

It means three of the group will now face sentencing in the Christchurch District Court next Tuesday morning.

Two youths were found guilty at trial last month and were remanded in custody for sentencing next week. But the jury was hung on the charge of robbery against 18-year-old Chelsea Lissina Whaanga.

Her case was remanded to a pre-trial call-over before Judge Jane Farish this afternoon, when she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of demanding with menaces.

The four-day trial was told that Whaanga's part in the incident was to take a girl's Roxy handbag. Her defence counsel Bridget Ayrey said she was just showing off, had never intended to keep the bag, and had given it back.

Whaanga was acquitted on a charge of stealing a cap.

A 14-year-old boy was bashed and kicked unconscious during the incident after he pulled out a knife and stabbed two of the group that were confronting him. Neither needed medical treatment, but the boy spent time in hospital with head injuries.

Harley Ehekrera Tapine, 17, was found guilty of robbing and assaulting the boy. He and Jamie Junior Karlytzky, 18, were both found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Whaanga will now join these two at the Tuesday sentencing. She was remanded on bail.

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