Because John was constantly harassed

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I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

Because John was constantly harassed by the drunken youth, who threw all kinds of rubbish into his garden, he erected a massive wall around his property, despite lacking a building permission.
 

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Either remove "a" before "building permission" or replace it with "the requisite".
 

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Unless the harassment was always conducted by a young man who has been named in a previous sentence, you should omit the definite article.
 

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Now I understand that I made a mistake.
I should have written instead "youths" Do I need "the" in that case?
Is my sentence correct like this:
"Because John was constantly harassed by the drunken youths, who threw all kinds of rubbish..."
 

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The same point applies. You can only use the definite article there if you have previously identified/mentioned those drunken youths. Otherwise, it should be "Because John was constantly [being] harassed by drunken youths/by a group of drunken youths, who ...".
 

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I think the drunken youth could refer to a specific group, for instance encompassing all of the drunks in a place, but singular or plural, it has to refer to specific drunks. If you want to be more general, remove the article.
 
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