A boy aged 15 who crashed a stolen car through the front of a house causing up to £100,000 damage has been locked up.I should think so! I doubt, however, it was a single offence.
And of course, it wasn’t:
The teen, who cannot be named because he is under 18, was sentenced to a 14-month detention order.Clearly, Dad didn’t think the solicitor was up to the task of making up the usual excuses:
Yesterday, Harwich Youth Court heard the boy had also admitted making malicious phone calls to a girl, stealing an iPod from a shop, threatening a police officer and trying to steal computers from a school in Colchester. The offences were committed in the past year.
The boy’s dad made an emotional appeal for a lenient sentence.He doesn’t realise it’s not a good idea to burgle a house, steal a high-performance car and crash it into another house?
He said: “We’re horrified listening to this list of things. It goes against what I recognise. When he’s with me, he comes to work and I hear nothing but good things.
“I don’t want his life ruined. He doesn’t realise what he’s done and needs to break the cycle.”
Well, maybe 14 months (yeah, like he’ll serve it all) will bring that home…
Not to be outdone by pater, his solicitor chipped in:
Roger Brice, mitigating, said: “Before last year, he had never been in court in his life. I know things have happened of a personal nature and that’s coincided with what’s happened here.”Hmmm, ‘troubled family life’ defence?
And can we know who he is?
The Gazette’s application to the court to name the boy was refused.So, the next time some little s**t steals your car keys or crashes a stolen car into your house, just ask him if it all looks a bit familiar.
You probably won’t have to wait 14 months, either…