Act of con­tri­tion from wayward youth

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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