A YOUTH who appeared in a south-west court on Monday has been sentenced to six months at a youth justice centre for a series of offences in the past 12 months, including reckless conduct and criminal damage and theft.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton told the court of the offending dating back to December 11 2011, when the 17-year-old youth ignited a deodorant spray can with a lighter in the backseat of a car, spraying it on a friends face, resulting in superficial burns.
On January 16, the youth was involved in the assault of a 10-year-old boy at the Heywood skate park.
The youth encouraged another friend to punch and kick the 10-year-old repeatedly.
At 3am on August 12, the youth broke in to Dowling Insurance Agency in Heywood, ransacking the office and caused $200 damage.
The youth then rang police on his mobile phone, confessed the crime and asked to be arrested then waited outside the building for police to arrive.
On October 1 at 12.35am, the youth, who had a learner’s permit, was intercepted by police on Bridgewater Rd driving his aunt’s car, which he stole from her house earlier that night while she was asleep.
Defence counsel Pat Howman was at a loss to explain his client’s actions.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer