Compare and Contrast

The Morning Bulletin

Compare and contrast how Australia deals with teenage criminals.

Had this trio carried out a similar crime in NZ, they would have got a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket, perhaps home detention at worst.

Now, they will be spending a few years courtesy of the Aussie taxpayer.

The court heard on the night of September 13 the trio, each carrying a knife, waited outside the video store before pulling hoodies over their heads to try to hide their identity and entering the store.

They threatened the shop worker with knives, saying he would be stabbed if he didn’t hand over all the money in the till.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court the trio made off with about $560 before splitting the money between them and buying marijuana and hot chips.

One of the trio ran out one of the exits and the others through another exit at the other end of the building where they ran through yards before reaching a house where residents were seated on the patio.

They told the residents they were running from someone in a car and asked one of the residents to give them a lift home, the court heard.

Police recovered $202.80 of the stolen cash and it was returned to the shop.

Judge Michael Shanahan said: “this incident should be met with some form of punishment”.

At the time of the incident, Warcon and Francis were 19 years old. “This was a serious offence that carries a penalty of three to five years jail time … I accept that that’s appropriate.”

Both were given three-year jail terms.

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