An Israeli teenager on leave from the army was fined nearly $1,000 for a kidnapping prank that backfired.
Ariel Lourie, 19, who was visiting his mother in Melbourne in September, pretended to be a kidnapper when he took a 6-year-old boy from a suburban park in a Jewish neighborhood.
On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to unlawful assault in Melbourne Magistrates Court. A charge of child stealing was dismissed.
Lourie told the court he was “just joking” and apologized in writing to the family.