Youth handed gift of detention

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 22 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

A YOUNG offender has marked his 17th birthday with an appearance in the dock of the Supreme Court and two-month detention order.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was being dealt with for breaching the terms of a suspended detention order.

Chief Justice Alan Blow heard the youth has a 19-page criminal record and faces further charges in the Magistrates Court.

Crown Prosecutor Jane Ansell said in October 2012 the boy was sentenced to 12 months' jail for aggravated armed robbery.

In February last year the boy -- then 15 -- threatened to stab a security guard with a fish-filleting knife when he was caught stealing baby clothes at Big W at Rosny for money to buy cannabis.

Three months of his detention order was suspended on the condition he be of good behaviour for 12 months on his release.

But Ms Ansell told the court the boy committed numerous offences within two months of getting out of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

In January this year he drove a stolen motor vehicle while disqualified, while under the influence of cannabis and evaded police during a chase which reached speeds estimated at 130km/h.

A few days later he drove an unregistered vehicle while uninsured and while disqualified and took off when police approached him.

His lawyer Amber Mignot said the boy was emotionally damaged by the poor relationship he had with his mother and driving was a way of escaping when his emotional difficulties became too great to bear.

She said spending yet another birthday in custody was an unpleasant experience for the boy.

"It is for him a very disappointing thing and not something he wants to continue for the rest of his life, spending his birthdays in a custodial setting," she said.

Chief Justice Alan Blow told the boy the purpose of the suspended sentence was to make him think twice about reoffending.

"You were meant to think 'I'll stay out of trouble otherwise I will have to serve those three months'. But you didn't stay out of trouble," the judge said.

The judge said he would be "a tiny bit lenient" and ordered the boy serve two months of the three months suspended detention order.

Members of the boy's family present in court wished him a happy birthday as he was led off to serve his sentence.

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