WAGGA CHILDREN’S COURT
A TEENAGER who spent his 18th birthday facing a long stint in a juvenile justice centre for stealing from cars and trying to break into a Wagga house was told yesterday not to throw his life away.
Solicitor Joy Kirby told Wagga Children’s Court her client was an intelligent person with aspirations of a career in mechanics, but had a dysfunctional childhood.
The teenager cannot be named because he was 17 when he committed the crimes.
He had pleaded guilty to eight offences, including two counts of larceny, two counts of dishonestly obtaining property deception and breaking and entering a house with intent to steal.
The teenager used a chisel to smash the window of one car to get to a wallet that was sitting on a seat.
He used a credit card in the wallet to buy food from a convenience store and cigarettes from a service station.
The teenager also stole loose change and an eftpos card from another vehicle.
He was given 12-month good behaviour bonds for those offences.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said that by far the teenager’s most serious offence was breaking into an Edward Street house on October 31 last year when a resident was at home.
She sentenced him to 12 months detention in a juvenile justice centre, with six months non-parole from January 19, for that offence.
Ms Greenwood took into account the teenager’s special circumstances, which included good prospects for rehabilitation and his bad upbringing.
“No child should grow up in these circumstances, and I fully recognise the great dysfunction you have suffered in your life,” Ms Greenwood said.
But she warned the teenager to put a brake on his drinking and offending.
“You don’t want to throw your life away by spending it in prison,” Ms Greenwood said.
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