A 17-year-old Clyde youth facing two charges of injuring with reckless disregard after he burnt unsuspecting victims with a lighter pleaded guilty to one of the charges in Alexandra District Court yesterday.
Daniel Trevor Nelson, shearer, faced charges after he attacked two people with a lighter on the head and face after they had fallen asleep at parties between October 1 and November 30 last year.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to one of the charges and was remanded by Judge Roy Wade until February 7 for a status hearing on the other charge.
Police arrested Nelson when two people came forward after the burns they received, in the shape of a crescent and referred to as a "smiley", had not cleared up after several weeks.
Lawyer Justine Baird said applying "smileys" was not an uncommon practice among young people.
The judge approved an application to take a photo of Nelson in court to allow others in the community to be "wary" of him.
- The Southland Times