Geraldton mum asks magistrate to jail her 12-year-old delinquent son

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The mother of a 12-year-old boy who broke into a Geraldton school has told a magistrate to lock him up.

The boy is among a group of youths accused of jumping a fence at Rangeway Primary School and jemmying open a classroom door about 7.30pm on December 12.

Once inside, they stole loose change, sweets and a soft drink.

The incident was captured on CCTV and police found the group nearby after an alarm was activated. The 12-year-old appeared in Geraldton Children’s Court this week, where he pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and stealing.

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He also pleaded guilty to stealing a $300 watch from ActiveWest Stadium earlier the same day. Prosecuting Sgt Beau Jones said CCTV vision showed him acting as a lookout while a co-accused boy took the watch from an unattended backpack in a seating area.

Defence counsel Veronica Randall said her client had a “limited record” but had been involved with other boys in a burglary at the Jaffle Shack in 2017.

When questioned by Magistrate Chris Miocevich, the boy’s mother said he was out of control.

“Do you want me to lock him up?” Mr Miocevich asked.

“It might get the message across,” she said.

“He doesn’t want to listen to me. He constantly swears at me, disrespects me, says he hates my face.”

The court was told the boy had been placed on a curfew after being charged, but his mother said he refused to abide by it.

“He thinks he’s the boss,” she said.

“He thinks he can just ride off and do what he likes.

“The doctors say he has ADHD, but he refuses to take his medication. I’ve got four other kids in care, and I can’t get them back because of his attitude.”

Mr Miocevich renewed the boy’s bail and curfew, which requires him to stay at his mother’s house between 7pm and 7am. The boy will be sentenced on April 9.

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