Friday, July 20, 2012

This is not a child

The young thug who hospitalised a cameraman at yesterday's court hearing of his friend charged with murder has pleaded guilty.

Hardly an earth shattering decision, given that the offence was committed in full public view and recorded by all the cameramen present.

Sensibly, bail was refused and he'll appear for sentencing on July 27. I sincerely hope the sentence will reflect the violence of the crime ...although I fear it won't because of his age.

And that raises an important point.

He's seventeen years old, as big as a grown man, committed the violence deliberately, knowing full well what he was doing.

Photo. Anthony Johnson Sydney Morning Herald

Yet he appeared before the Children's Court. And he can't be named because he's a minor.

That's not appropriate. There needs to be a drastic reduction in the age at which a person is still treated as a child in need of protection in this legal sense.

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