Teen: forgive thy sins

A TEENAGER has told a court he is done with his unruly behaviour and now just wants to “get high off life”, attend church and get a job.

The 17-year-old appeared via video link at a children’s court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges including thefts from motor vehicles.

A police prosecutor yesterday told the court in November last year the accused and a then 16-year-old co-accused rifled through a car, located in a driveway of a residential address in Mildura and made off with a wallet which included a credit card.

The pair then attended Bene Vista Boulevard, located an unlocked Commodore sedan and stole two bowling bags containing eight lawn bowls valued at $1600.

The bowls have since been recovered.

On another occasion, at 3.50am, the accused and co-accused attended the APCO service station on Deakin Avenue and used the credit card from the first offence to purchase $70 worth of goods, before they attended the TASCO service station and made an $11 purchase on the same card. 

In December, the pair entered a garage at a residential address on Cosgrove Court and rifled through a Toyota Hilux, but was disturbed by the victim and attempted to flee the scene, the court was told.

However the co-offender tripped, and to hold off the victim, the accused threw a handful of rocks at him.

The pair were forensically linked to the offence, and charged and bailed in early December.

In a separate matter the accused was again arrested in late December for breaching his parole.

Yesterday a magistrate questioned the accused about what he wanted to do upon his release, to which he stated he wanted to go to church, “get high off life” and gain employment.

He was sentenced to one month in juvenile detention.

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