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Oxley kiddie thieves nabbed

By 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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Oxley kiddie thieves nabbed
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 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 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 11:23 pm 11 Jun 12

I was such an angel at that age…

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 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 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 9:24 pm 11 Jun 12

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

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 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 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 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.

jessieduck 8:41 pm 11 Jun 12

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

JessP 8:33 pm 11 Jun 12

Little charmers. Top parenting.

Martlark 8:33 pm 11 Jun 12

Released back into the care of careless parents. Surely these behaviours prove the parents have not been at all good at parenting.

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