Teen strikes out again

Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
Ivan Kalashnikov
ANDY JACKSON/ Fairfax NZ
RECENT VICTIM: Russian triathlete Ivan Kalashnikov said thanks to the people who came to his aid when attacked by Pescini.
Craig Huffan
EARLIER VICTIM: Craig Huffan was punched by Pescini after refusing a window wash.

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A squeegee bandit with a history of public violence has pleaded guilty to another attack - this time on a Russian triathlete out on a training ride in New Plymouth.

Yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court Jayden Pescini, 17, admitted injuring the cyclist with intent about 3.30pm on March 26.

His victim, Russian triathlete Ivan Kalashnikov, had four of his teeth broken, costing him more than $4000 to fix, and had stitches to close the wound in his chin.

Pescini took exception to the cyclist slapping the rear window of the car as he biked past when he had abuse thrown at him by the people in the car.

Pescini leapt out of the car, running after the cyclist down a side street off Coronation Ave, the police summary of facts says.

Pescini punched the cyclist, knocking him to the ground. He continued to punch him two or three times around the head while his victim was curled up on the ground trying to protect himself. He kicked him in the left side of the face.

When passers-by saw the attack and yelled at Pescini to stop, he ran away.

Kalashnikov suffered a cut chin. Dental treatment was needed to fix four of his lower teeth.

It was Pescini who attacked a driver and a policeman on January 16 at the intersection of Eliot and Leach streets in the city.

When sentenced in February for those two assaults, he was given a good behaviour bond in that he would not receive a penalty if he did not assault anyone during that time.

At that time, he was receiving help for his alcohol and drug issues, had left the streets and was on a work trial, the court was told.

The suspended sentence is likely to be revisited at his sentencing for the assault on the cyclist on July 2.

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