Boy, 15, sentenced over burglary and damage spree at Geraldton school

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A 15-year-old boy involved in a burglary that left a Geraldton school with a damage bill of more than $53,000 was sentenced in Geraldton Children’s Court today.

The boy was one of five children, all aged between 12 and 14 at the time, who were charged over the incident at John Willcock College in June last year.

The group broke into several classrooms, where they stole equipment, smashed windows and computers, and set a pile of books on fire.

The boy admitted to lighting the blaze and pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage by fire, criminal damage, stealing and aggravated burglary.

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Defence counsel Faye Sellers told the court the boy had kept out of trouble since the incident and had been working part-time, earning about $250 a week.

Magistrate Chris Miocevich placed him on a six month intensive youth supervision order and ordered him to pay $500 compensation to the school.

Mr Miocevich said he would have handed down a heavier sentence but was bound to impose a similar order as that handed down to one of the co-accused boys by Magistrate Donna Webb.

The court heard that a previous damage estimate of about $150,000 was incorrect.

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