Probation for teen armed with screwdriver

A TEENAGER who brandished a screwdriver in a car park has been fined and placed on a probation order in Dubbo Children's Court.

The 18-year-old cannot be named for legal reasons. He pleaded guilty to using offensive language and being armed with intent to commit actual bodily harm.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said the event would have been terrifying for the victim.

"You were on bail at the time of the offence,'' the magistrate said.

"You lost your temper and armed yourself with a screwdriver.''

The court heard the teenager had made significant progress in his personal life.

He was working five-and-a-half days a week as a full-time welder.

The solicitor representing the teenager said a community service order may not be appropriate due to work commitments.

Magistrate Eckhold said the Juvenile Justice report tendered to the court had been positive. The youth was fined $200 and placed on 12-months probation.

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