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Group of seven, aged between 15 and 18, admit violent disorder in Swansea

By SWEPRMosalski  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

Judge Paul Thomas warned the group they could face prison

SIX youths and an adult have appeared at crown court and admitted an offence of violent disorder.

The six, aged between 15 and 17, cannot be named for legal reasons.

They, along with 18-year-old Buba Gibba, had been facing a trial at Swansea Crown Court yesterday of two charges of robbery and a third of violent disorder. However they changed their plea to the third charge on the day.

That offence was committed in the city centre and was against two victims.

Prosecuting barrister Patrick Griffiths said the plea to the new charge was acceptable and the prosecution did not want a trial on the robbery charges.

He said: “Both complainants said they were assaulted by a group of people they cannot really describe and as a result of the attack on them, they each lost property.”

One of the victims lost his wallet and the other his hat.

“These items were recovered in close proximity to where the defendants were found, seated at a bus stop 100 yards away from the incident,” continued Mr Griffiths.

“There is no direct evidence as to who took those items,” he added.

The group admitted that on September 29, they threatened unlawful violence and their conduct meant people would fear for their safety.

Barristers for each of the group asked for pre-sentence reports.

The previous convictions of each were read out. One of the 17-year-olds has previous convictions for assault and criminal damage. A 16-year-old has theft convictions, and another co-accused 16-year-old also has previous convictions. Another defendant, aged 17, has caused criminal damage.

A 15-year-old, a 16-year-old and Gibba, from Wallace Road, Swansea, had no previous convictions.

Judge Paul Thomas gave each bail so pre-sentence reports could be written.

“It’s in your interest that you co-operate. In each of your cases I have in my mind a custodial sentence, but I will look at alternative of non-custodial sentences.

“None of you should leave here thinking that any particular form of sentence will or will not be passed,” he said.

They will be sentenced later this month.

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