Juvenile centre ‘not a pleasant place’

A WODONGA youth who keeps travelling to Albury in contravention of bail conditions because he regards his home city as “boring” failed to heed a warning from magistrate Tony Murray on November 19.

Mr Murray said in Albury Children’s Court he does not make “idle threats” and any further bail breaches would see the youth, 13, remanded in custody.

The youth took an unsuccessful punt at beating the odds, got caught by police and was remanded in custody at the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre at Wagga earlier this month.

But as solicitor Tim Hemsley explained during a bail review, it is not a pleasant place and the youth has found out the hard way.

Mr Hemsley said the youth is the youngest and smallest at the centre and described his experience as “unpleasant”.

The youth had spent 12 days before appearing through a video-link seeking bail.

“Hopefully it has been a real wake-up call for you,” Mr Murray told him.

He said the youth was lucky his mother and father are willing to have him back home.

A series of charges have been adjourned until January 17 for sentencing.

There are three counts of aggravated break and enter in company, malicious damage, break and enter destroying property, entering inclosed lands, resisting arrest and escaping from police custody.

The youth is banned from entering NSW unless accompanied by a parent or attending for a legal conference and court appearance.

He has to abide by a 7pm to 8am curfew and must report to Albury police each Saturday.

Strict bail was imposed on the youth on November 12, but officers found him at a Lavington residence about 1am on November 19.

He gave police a false name and said he lived in West Albury.

Police woke the woman living at the residence and she did not recognise him.

Officers became aware he may have breached bail after his parents had contacted the station.

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