A 17 year-old Masterton youth who stole a motorbike and later crashed it into its owner, causing injuries including the loss of a finger, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work in Masterton District Court today.

Jason Hart pleaded guilty to breaking into a garage and stealing the motorbike from his friend Briggs Pilkington and also to dangerous driving causing injury.

On September 25, Hart drove up behind Mr Pilkington in the park and crashed into him, causing extensive injuries to Mr Pilkington's right hand, cuts to his legs and facial bruising. A finger had to be reattached in hospital.