Act of contrition from wayward youth
WHILE looter Jeremy Dametto covered his face and threatened the media as he left court, his coaccused decided to face his embarrassment head-on by making a full apology.
Rasta Andrew Kemp, 17, ( pictured at right) told the Townsville Bulletin he did not mind being named and shamed and wanted to formally say sorry.
‘‘ I think it was a really, really stupid idea and I want to apologise to everyone I hurt and let down,’’ he said.
‘‘ I am not a bad guy, but I did a bad thing and caused my family so much pain.’’
Kemp said he was cold and hungry after being told to leave a youth shelter the night Cyclone Yasi hit and he made a decision he wished he could take back.
‘‘ My Mum has been bawling her eyes out and my sisters are mad at me,’’ he said.
‘‘ I have disappointed them – I love them and I am going to turn my life around.’’
The teenager, who was on probation for unrelated charges, was given 200 hours community service in court which he said he wanted to spend helping in the cleanup after last month’s Cyclone Yasi.