Squeegee bandit jailed for triathlete attack

03:39, Jul 02 2014

A New Plymouth squeegee bandit who bashed a Russian triathlete has been sent to jail.

Jayden Pescini, 17, last month pleaded guilty to a charge of injuring with intent in the New Plymouth District Court after attacking Ivan Kalashnikov, who was out on a training ride, in the city in March.

Kalashnikov was in town for the ITU world cup sprint race.

Today Pescini was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.

Kalashnikov had four teeth broken in the assault, which cost more than $4000 to fix, and needed stitches inside his mouth and to close a wound on his chin.

In February Pescini escaped a jail term after he attacked a motorist and a policemen on a New Plymouth street.

He was given a good behaviour bond and would not have received any further penalty if he had stayed out of trouble.

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