22 October 2020

Teen to face court over baseball bat attacks in Belconnen

| David Murtagh
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A teen will face court charged with five counts of property damage. Photo: File.

A 17-year-old is expected to face the ACT Children’s Court today (22 October) over a series of property damage offences.

Police allege that between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm last night, the teen used a silver baseball bat to damage several vehicles on Chandler Street in Belconnen before damaging a restaurant window on Emu Bank.

At about 9:10 pm, police attended the area and were advised by witnesses that the teen had fled to John Knight Memorial Park.

A short time later, he was apprehended in the park following a short foot pursuit, during which a Conductive Electrical Weapon (aka, a taser) was deployed.

The teen has been charged with five counts of property damage and one count of possession of a thing with intent to damage.

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Another slap on the wrist for a ‘troubled teen’ likely on drugs who won’t suffer any real punishment while the owners and people who pay insurance will endure days of effort to arrange and pay for repairs to their property… what a sad system and no wonder it breeds repeat offenders.

Without knowing any of the details of the case, or indeed the outcome of any court proceedings, your solution would be to throw him behind bars where it is almost guaranteed it will produce a higher level offender on release?

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