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Oxley kiddie thieves nabbed

johnboy 11 June 2012 23

ACT Policing have apprehended a 13–year–old and 11-year-old boy after they caused approximately $20,000 damage to a house in Oxley.

About 1.00pm on Sunday 12 June, a neighbour heard smashing noises coming from the house and contacted Police knowing the owners were away.

On arrival, police saw two boys running from the rear of the premise through the fence and apprehended them a short distance from the house.

Both boys were arrested and taken to Tuggeranong Police Station for interview’s and later released into custody of their parents.

Police entered the house with the owners who had returned from Cooma, NSW where they had been staying.

Inside Police observed extensive damage to the house including the ceiling, holes in walls, furniture and belongings smashed on the floor, graffiti throughout, uneaten food, faeces and food on the walls, and drug paraphernalia.

Police suspect the boys had been squatting in the house for a number of days.

The two are summonsed to appear in the ACT Children’s Court at a later date.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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Slice Slice 8:17 pm 13 Jun 12

These guys are heros, fighting against ‘the system’. All this left-wing/ right wing hand-wringing indicates a lack of strength, ewoks will kill you all…………..

Parkway Parker Parkway Parker 5:33 pm 13 Jun 12

“…released into the custody of the parents”, that doesn’t sound like a top notch idea.

Horrible for the poor family who live in the house.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 5:58 pm 12 Jun 12

poetix said :

They are so very young, which makes it perhaps more forgivable, and the emphasis has to be on helping them to change.

It’s not forgivable due to their youth, they’re old enough to know it’s wrong. I must admit though I did momentarily wonder what it feels like to be 11 years old and illegally occupying a strangers home for days and nobody cares enough to come looking for you. What those kids don’t need is the system excusing their actions because they’re legally too young to be held accountable, they deserve a second second second second chance, they suffer from a diagnosis of challenging behaviours, they come from a family background of illnesses around drug/alcohol issues, etc, etc. What they do need is someone telling them we care about ensuring you grow up as happy healthy decent worthwhile members of society.

Zeital Zeital 2:36 pm 12 Jun 12

This is really vile, and i hope they get there asses kicked for this. At 11 and 13 they would know what they are doing….. ugh so sad i hope the home owners get something out of this not just “I’m sorry”

Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 2:29 pm 12 Jun 12

I wonder if it’s the same little angels who keep trying to burn the playground down…

MummaBear MummaBear 1:41 pm 12 Jun 12

Shouldn’t it read. – “About 1.00pm on Sunday 10 June” not “Sunday 12 June”?

It frightens and disturbs me to think that two boys aged 11 and 13 are capable of such vile acts. I can only guess what they will be capable of by the time they are 18. Disgusting.

Disinformation Disinformation 9:52 am 12 Jun 12

I used to believe when I was younger that people who chimed in with “Bring back public flogging!’ were crusty, out of touch oldsters, disenchanted with times anew.

Twenty years later, I not only would vote and campaign for the reintroduction of public flogging, but would volunteer my services with the whip.

However, I suspect that I’d have more competition for the position these days.

Thumper Thumper 9:14 am 12 Jun 12

and later released into custody of their parents.

That should be a good thing, but in this case, I somewhat doubt it.

Dilandach Dilandach 7:26 am 12 Jun 12

jessieduck said :

That’s one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. Where the hell were the parents??

Stoned/Drunk/Jail/Just ‘gone’ – Pick one or more.

The parents should lose public housing if they’ve got it, any benefits they get should be diverted to the owners until the cost to cover damage is met and the families named and shamed.

But the reality is, parents won’t be bought to account for the hellspawn they’ve unleashed through negligent parenting, the little darlings won’t have any sanction put on them outside of *maybe* some community service and there will be no financial penalty for anyone involved in the damage. Some insincere or passive aggressive apology from the parents to top it off along the lines of “I’m sorry you left your house unsecured and let the kids in. I’m sorry for them having a bit of fun.”

At the very least the kids should not have gone to their parents, they should have gone to social services straight off. Fail neglectful parents who obviously passed their drug addled ways on to their kids.

….and they’ll turn up in the system again and again and again until they do something so bad that they end up in the slammer.

steveu steveu 6:47 am 12 Jun 12

Once you are 12 you can be convincted of a crime I believe.

Sad situation for all concerned. I hope the victims of this crime get some sense of justice. I doubt it as they are young adults. And dont forget they are int he ACT, where the sentencing guidelines seems to dictate a finger wagging and a stern talking to in most circumstances/

DOCS obviously needs to get involved for the parents not knowing the whereabouts of the children for starters. You would have to think there was lack of an authority figure in parenting perhaps?

gooterz gooterz 11:41 pm 11 Jun 12

Surely parents should enlighten their kids with common decency by 11 and 13.

The parents of these children shouldn’t get them back. They should be sent away and retrained how to be people. The parents should pay for the damages and the fixing of their children.

People who raise children like this generally aren’t those that work hard for a living or appriciate the value society, likely their parent(s) is/are on welfare, or a particular group.

Navjot Navjot 11:23 pm 11 Jun 12

I was such an angel at that age…

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 9:51 pm 11 Jun 12

Presumably they were in the custody of their parents at the time they were “squatting in the house for a number of days” so why have they been released into the custody of their parents? Before any tradies go to the house to begin repairs those children and their parents should be made to go and clean up. Then there should be financial consequences for the family until they have paid back the $20,000 plus rent for the poor family who have to live elsewhere while their home is fixed, no birthday presents for the brats and their siblings, no grog and smokes for the parents, nothing beyond basic food and heating which quite frankly would still be seen as luxury in some countries! No, scrap the heating too. This story has made me so angry and so sad.

poetix poetix 9:42 pm 11 Jun 12

As #3 said, this is very sad. Of course, for the unfortunate homeowners, but also for these two children, who seem to have been squatting in the house for some days, away from home. One of them is of primary school age. I wonder what can be done to bring home to them that they will end up in gaol if they keep this up?

They are so very young, which makes it perhaps more forgivable, and the emphasis has to be on helping them to change. Easy to say if it’s not your house that’s been wrecked, though.

peter11 peter11 9:38 pm 11 Jun 12

Thumbs up to the neighbours for reporting suspicious behaviour and for the police apprehending them. A timely reminder why you should at least try and get along with some of your neighbours.

I feel really sorry for the occupants though. If they decide to stay in that house, it is going to take a long time to get over the violation and to be able to look at the walls and not think what has happened.

I hope they were insured, because from my understanding they would get nothing from the victims of crimes fund and I doubt that the parents would have a brass razoo ( okay I am making a some assumptions about the socio-economic status that would breed behaviour like this)

How do we protect society from this behaviour ?

Given some of the events that have occurred over the last couple of years and the “punishments” that have been dished out. I wonder if we are placing too much on the rights of the individual ( offender ) versus that of the community.

But then again if we don’t show leniency are we going to end up with a worse criminal underclass.

Makes me glad that I don’t work in the justice system, dealing with victims and offenders must be heartbreaking.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 9:24 pm 11 Jun 12

I thought people were stealing children, is it bad to feel disappointed here?

buzz819 buzz819 9:07 pm 11 Jun 12

DrKoresh said :

They’re both old enough to be charged surely? I believe that once you reach ten years old you’re considered compos mentis in the eyes of the law, at least in this country.

This is disgusting news, I hope the kids are charged, or at the very least made to clean up and help repair the damage they caused. As for blaming their parents, in this case it sounds entirely justified, they should be made to foot the bill.

It says they will be summonsed to court, that is the same as getting charged…

cranky cranky 9:06 pm 11 Jun 12

Surely these little arseholes have a sense of smell? I seem to remember that one of the rules of life was that you didn’t shit in your own nest.

The parents need shooting for producing these losers.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 8:50 pm 11 Jun 12

They’re both old enough to be charged surely? I believe that once you reach ten years old you’re considered compos mentis in the eyes of the law, at least in this country.

This is disgusting news, I hope the kids are charged, or at the very least made to clean up and help repair the damage they caused. As for blaming their parents, in this case it sounds entirely justified, they should be made to foot the bill.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 8:46 pm 11 Jun 12

Bloody little mongrel dogs. I can almost understand why thieves would break into someone’s house to steal their property. There’s some ugly logic to that. But where oh where do these arsehats get the urge to throw food *and* their dung on the walls of the house they’ve broken into?

Things that would do that are not human beings, just some sort of unpleasant alien life form in human shape. I hope I never encounter them. If they’re lucky they won’t encounter me.

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