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Guilty Verdicts In Park Kicking Trial

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Christchurch, Dec 19 NZPA - Two teenagers have been convicted of kicking a 14-year-old boy so badly that he was put in hospital for three days with head and facial injuries.

The Christchurch District Court jury returned its verdict after more than 11 hours, at the end of the four-day trial before Judge Colin Doherty.

It found Harley Ehekrera Tapine, 17, and Jamie Junior Karlytzky, 18, guilty of wounding the boy with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The crown maintained the beating happened during a late night robbery in Linwood Park, when the victim pulled a knife and caused minor cuts to two of the group that was confronting him.

Tapine was also convicted of robbing the boy of a cellphone, sweat top, and shoes, and assaulting him.

An 18-year-old woman with the group, Chelsea Lissina Whaanga, was found not guilty of stealing the boy's Eastside cap, but the jury could not reach a verdict on whether she had robbed another girl of a handbag during the incident. Whaanga was remanded to a pre-trial conference on January 16.

Judge Doherty told the jury both youths had extensive criminal histories, and said he agreed with the verdicts they had reached.

Karlytzky had received an 18-month prison term in June on a charge of intentionally injuring someone. Tapine had convictions including aggravated assaults and robberies.

Both were remanded to January 20 for probation reports and sentence. Reparation reports were also ordered, including the possibility of payments to the victim for emotional harm.

The jury delivered its verdicts at 10.40pm. The judge then wished them a Merry Christmas and said they had had to deal with some real issues during their deliberations.

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