Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Wrong Crowd' Led Teen Astray; Offender Admits Spate of Crimes

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Wrong Crowd' Led Teen Astray; Offender Admits Spate of Crimes

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Byline: Lacey Burley lacey.burley@thechronicle.com.au

TEENAGER Nicholas Knight was hanging with the wrong crowd when he committed a spate of serious crimes over 14 months.

Knight appeared in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to nine charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to destroy property by using explosives, assault and stealing.

Prosecutor Constable Karen Dearling said Knight had sped away and driven 100 metres on the wrong side of Ruthven Street in an attempt to evade police at 10.30pm on December 30, 2007.

Police pursued the Holden Commodore utility and called in the help of the dog squad when Knight and his female passenger dumped the utility and ran.

They were apprehended a short time later and Knight told police he had taken the ute without permission from a former friend, who he knew was out of town.

Const Dearling said Knight was also part of a group of offenders who constructed home-made explosives and placed one in the letterbox of a Crotty Street resident. …

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