Teens stole pies before assaulting a shop assistant in Noosa.
Teens stole pies before assaulting a shop assistant in Noosa. iStock

Teen egged on youths to assault shop assistant

AN 18-YEAR-OLD egged on two youths as they kicked and punched a lone convenience store worker after he helped them storm a 7-Eleven to steal pies.

Owen James Swain gained a worker's trust at the Noosa store by entering and purchasing items in the early hours of January 5 with the attendant required to unlock the doors after assessing potential customers.

Swain was buzzed back into the store a short time later, but stood in the doorway keeping the doors open.

This allowed a group of males, including the two juveniles who had stolen from the store earlier that night, to enter again and steal four to five hot pies.

The worker followed them outside and asked them to pay, but he was set upon with racial slurs, fists and feet with Swain standing back encouraging the violence.

The man eventually made it back inside, locked the doors and called police.

When police arrested Swain the next day, he gave a false name during arrested and tried to swat away officers during a pat down.

Swain yesterday pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to a number of charges including obstructing police, contravening a direction and breaching bail.

Some charges related to a disturbance at a Noosa nightclub in December.

Swain was ordered to serve 12 months' probation and complete 120 hours of community service.



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