@ Ms de Vere: I raised my eyebrows a little …

Comment on 13 year old denied bail after rampage by John Bell.

@ Ms de Vere: I raised my eyebrows a little bit when I read your quote:”Who was protecting them from predatory guards and psycholigical damage and brutalisation by a bullying dysfunctional system, who held the duty of care?”
I suspect you are a devotee of the ABC position of victimhood generally which is your right.
However, I suspect that there is an overwhelming majority of caring ordinary punter Don Dale staff who would be deeply offended by your categorisation of predator in a very difficult system in which they worked diligently with a duty of care and as conscientiously as you and I would in such circumstances.
This lad in front of magistrate Borchers is a danger to himself as much as he is to others.
The human resources needed to get the lad on the straight and narrow before he reaches adulthood have been stretched to the limit.
There comes a point where duty of care towards the community, his past victims and his very likely future victims becomes paramount.
I would ask you two questions: (1) are you siding with the lad’s CALAAS lawyer or with judge Borchers? (2) What is your solution?

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13 year old denied bail after rampage
@ Ms de Vere: I very much agree with you that the issue of education for young people and youth crime in remote Aboriginal communities is a most important social concern.
At the moment, no one seems to have an effective or definitive solution that fits all. Individual cases such as this young 13-year-old lad before the court is distressingly far too frequent.
Reading the Ccourt transcript of this case as reported by Alice Springs News Online, while admittedly not knowing the lad personally, nevertheless I felt that Magistrate Borchers has made the best decision, in everyone’s best interests, including the welfare of the lad.
Seminars and 1990s plans all have their proper place in addressing this social problem holistically in the community.
But in the urgent reality of this particular individual incident here and now, Magistrate Borchers’ decision provides the best opportunity (in my limited opinion) for a good balance of justice, fairness and compassion in this particular case while the wider solution is being argued, discussed and generally kicked around at great length in the community.


13 year old denied bail after rampage
@ Mr Henry: Somehow I would worry about Scrubby in today’s PC 18C environment.
Eminently sensible decisions with an innate understanding of local rascals, cops and lawyers in the Alice. Bluntly delivered on the nose, no fancy gobbledigook Sir Humphrey-speak, Scrubby’s down-to-earth comments would not survive five minutes in this hypersensitive Section 18C society of human rights.
The HRC crowd would have him hanging by the thumbs in their Pitt Street Dungeon … in the overcrowded Misogynist Male Division.
But heck, Scrubby was on the mark … and hugely entertaining! An NT character!


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