By ERWIN CHLANDA
Juvenile delinquents are still running riot despite pledges by the new government – in office now for well over than 100 days – to get tough on them, says Councillor Steve Brown, a long time former member of the CLP.
He says little will change unless the practice of granting bail is stopped, and youths accused of crimes are remanded in custody, preferably in secure remote youth camps where they are taught skills and cannot commit further crimes while the slow legal process takes its course.
Cr Brown says he and well-known youth worker Graham Ross have campaign for such camps for many years.
“This continuing churning through the system, this revolving door system, simply had to stop. These kids think they can do what they like, which puts them into danger as much as their victims,” says Cr Brown.
“It is only a matter of time until something horrible happens during home invasions.”
“It was Terry Mills who lectured us on the Wildman River camp, saying they should be right throughout the NT.
“This has to start now. These camps don’t cost a fortune – they are just camps.
“I have had a proposal before the government and the town council since the 2012 election. It’s high time something is done.”
Detective Superintendent Brent Warren told the Alice Springs News Online that of six young people arrested in the new year, a 17 year old was on bail, a 17 year old and a 15 year old were both subject to warrants, after failing to answer their bail, and a 14 year old was subject to a Supervised Good Behavior Bond.
In a media release on January 2, police said these youths included a 14 year old male now charged with unlawful entry and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Two 14 year-old males and a 16 year-old male have been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlawful entry and stealing. One 14 year-old was also charged with breaching bail conditions.
Two males aged 14 and 17 were arrested for interfering with a vehicle in East Side overnight.
Money stolen from the vehicle was allegedly found in the pocket of the 17 year-old.