12-year-old ad­mits ag­gra­vated rob­bery

Taranaki Daily News - - National News - Marty Sharpe

A 12-year-old boy who evaded Oranga Ta­mariki care and was found roam­ing the streets with a hunt­ing knife has ad­mit­ted his part in the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of a bot­tle store.

The boy ap­peared in the Youth Court at Hast­ings yes­ter­day and ad­mit­ted his part in the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of Big Bar­rel, in Hast­ings, on Septem­ber 3.

A male shop­keeper was stabbed nu­mer­ous times and was lucky to sur­vive what po­lice de­scribed as a ‘‘cal­lous and vi­cious at­tack’’.

The boy’s lawyer, Don Kennedy, told Judge Brid­get Mack­in­tosh the boy had hoped to be granted bail.

Lawyer for Oranga Ta­mariki Re­bekah An­der­ton said the min­istry had re­ceived ad­vice from a psy­chi­a­trist who had con­cerns about grant­ing bail, and said the boy had been in se­cured care fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent last Fri­day.

Judge Mack­in­tosh told the boy it was ‘‘very im­por­tant that any bail sit­u­a­tion is safe for ev­ery­body and that it did not put any­one at risk, in­clud­ing you’’.

She re­manded the mat­ter for two weeks. The boy would re­main in se­cured care.

The boy was the youngest of four peo­ple charged in re­la­tion to the ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

He had been placed into the cus­tody of Oranga Ta­mariki – Min­istry for Chil­dren after his first court ap­pear­ance on Septem­ber 6. When he ap­peared in the Youth Court on Septem­ber 20, Judge Peter Callini­cos was shocked to dis­cover the boy had been found roam­ing the streets with a hunt­ing knife while in the cus­tody of Oranga Ta­mariki.

Judge Callini­cos heard the boy had been placed in a Hast­ings mo­tel with a paid min­der en­gaged by the min­istry. The judge was told young peo­ple in this sort of ar­range­ment could leave the mo­tel as they pleased. The boy, who was on a 24-hour curfew, had ab­sconded on three oc­ca­sions.

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