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In Re Fidan G.

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


December 27, 2012

IN RE FIDAN G., A PERSON ALLEGED TO BE A JUVENILE DELINQUENT, APPELLANT. PRESENTMENT AGENCY.

Matter of Fidan G.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on December 27, 2012

Friedman, J.P., Acosta, Renwick, Richter, Roman, JJ.

Order of disposition, Family Court, Bronx County (Allen G. Alpert, J.), entered on or about January 19, 2012, which adjudicated appellant a juvenile delinquent upon a fact-finding determination that he committed an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute the crime of assault in the third degree, and placed him on probation for a period of 12 months, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The court's finding was supported by legally sufficient evidence and was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 348-349 [2007]). There is no basis to disturb the court's determinations concerning credibility and identification. The victim's testimony established that appellant, acting in concert with several other youths, intentionally and repeatedly punched and kicked him (see Matter of Kaseem W., 50 AD3d 521 [1st Dept 2008]). Physical injury was established by the victim's testimony that the attacks resulted in, among other things, swelling to his jaw, abrasions on his arms, and back pain that required him to take prescribed medication for three months (see People v Haith, 44 AD3d 369 [1st Dept 2007], lv denied 9 NY3d 1034 [2008]; Matter of Veronica R., 268 AD2d 287 [1st Dept 2000]).

Appellant failed to request an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal as the least restrictive alternative, and the court properly exercised its discretion in denying his request to dismiss the petition (see Matter of Katherine W., 62 NY2d 947 [1984]). The aggravating circumstances of this serious offense, appellant's failure to take responsibility for his actions, and his poor academic performance and school attendance record warranted the 12-month period of supervision (see e.g. Matter of Zion F., 92 AD3d 589 [1st Dept 2012]; Matter of Ahmed I., 49 AD3d 319 [1st Dept 2008]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: DECEMBER 27, 2012

CLERK

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