After being before the juvenile court and several times before the High Court, the boy, 16, breathed a sigh, when his sentence was finally handed down – he had already been remanded in custody since December last year.
He has admitted to seven burglaries, 11 thefts and unlawful takings, wilful damage, failure to stop and more.
The teen told Judge Colin Doherty he was extremely sorry for what he had done. It was rough being in prison, he said. He had been held in the maximum security section.
His parents did visit him, and behind those wall he came to know who his real friends were – those that actually visited him.
Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen said it was impossible to get the teen bailed due to his risky behaviour, so it was considered better to keep him in custody and not commit any more offences.
The defendant was a minor when the first charges were laid, and any attempt to get order and supervision was impossible.
Rasmussen revealed the defendant had returned from New Zealand with his family and started living in rough conditions, then later with friends.
A few weeks ago, the defendant’s father showed that he finally had a good job and was providing for the family – but it was too late for his son.
The boy has been held in custody for the past nine months, and prison guards have talked about the changes in him.
Judge Doherty told the teen he was before the court because nothing seemed to work for him, he was not behaving himself – but things had not been easy for him and his family. He gave credit to the defendant for admitting to the charges and for taking responsibility.
The defendant could face 150 years for all the charges, the judge said, but he would impose the minimum appropriate sentence.
“I’m going to give you a chance, you will get a bit more prison but not years. What I intend to do with you is rehabilitation.”
Judge Doherty further ordered that he spend 12 months with probation, who would advise on where lives, and find him training courses.
“I don’t know if this will work, but it is up to you,” Judge Doherty told the defendant.
“I hope you don’t end up back here. And I wish you good luck.”