A Tatura teenager pleaded guilty to a number of charges last week, including threatening to injure police and theft of a motor vehicle.FIONA BROOM December 11, 2012 4:15am
A Tatura teen appeared in court last week after crashing a car and threatening a Good Samaritan and police.
A Tatura teen who tried to stab a good Samaritan before threatening police is a good kid when he’s not on drugs, a court has heard.
Jade Ponting, 18, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court to a string of charges last week.
These included reckless conduct endangering serious personal injury, threatening to injure police and theft of a motor vehicle.
The court heard he stole two knives and a white ute from a Park St, Tatura, home on Monday.
Mr Ponting quickly lost control of the car and crashed it into the fence at nearby Unilever, causing $3000 damage and popping a rear tyre.
As he drove along Pyke Rd, Mr Ponting continued crashing into things before the tyre was completely ripped off and he was driving on the axle.
He was forced to stop because the car ended up on its belly. A good Samaritan driving past approached Mr Ponting and offered help.
Mr Ponting told the person it was his mother’s car, but he refused to phone her.
Mr Ponting tried to sell the passer-by a GPS unit from the car and when the person went and collected the wheel off the road Mr Ponting began walking away.
The person drove alongside Mr Ponting and told him he needed to phone his mother or the police would be contacted.
Mr Ponting pulled out a large knife and replied: ‘‘If you ring the police I’ll f***ing stab you.’’
He opened a car door as the victim scrambled out the other side of the vehicle.
He tried to stab the person, but the knife went into the rear of the driver’s seat, the court heard.
When police arrived they told Mr Ponting to get on the ground.
He pulled out the knife and began walking towards the officers. The situation was defused when police pulled out their guns and ordered him to drop the knife.
When Mr Ponting was placed in an interview room at Shepparton Police Station he threw chairs against the wall and punched and headbutted it.
He spat blood at police as they tried to subdue him, the court heard.
Barrister Allison Vaughan said Mr Ponting was taken aback when he heard what he had done, including an attempt to burgle and punch an elderly man at his Tatura home about 3
She said her client could remember only bits and pieces of what happened on Sunday and Monday.
Ms Vaughan said Mr Ponting was a loving son and a good person when he was free of drugs, but drugs turned him into a nasty person who committed nasty offences on innocent people.
The 18-year-old had a strong addiction to amphetamines and prescription medication from a young age, she said.
The court heard concerns had been raised about drugs he had been prescribed, given he had an obvious addiction.
He also has psychiatric illnesses and a brain injury.
She said there was hope for Mr Ponting, but his vicious cycle of offending could only stop if he got help and was drug-free.
Magistrate Stella Stuthridge said Mr Ponting had been disintegrating despite the efforts of his mother, who provided him unfailing support.
She said his offending involved substantial violence against people he did not know in circumstances where he was armed, drug-affected and dangerous.
She said while he was clearly unwell, he chose to take drugs and he was responsible for that.
Ms Stuthridge sentenced Mr Ponting to 22 months in a youth detention centre.
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