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It’s mostly young offenders that are terrorising dairies, tourists and more recently, yet another pizza delivery guy.   Which party has consistently been calling for tougher consequences for youth offenders?

Offenders are getting younger and committing more serious crimes because the justice system lets them get away with it, says New Zealand First.

“A 14 year old was arrested for the vicious assault on a pizza delivery man last Sunday – yet another young thug adding to the increased number of serious crimes being committed by teens,” says New Zealand First Youth Spokesperson, Darroch Ball.

“Police statistics show a dramatic increase nationwide in serious crimes committed by teens – a 12 per cent increase in just one year – with violent robberies like this one jumping a massive 40 per cent.

“Yet there was a corresponding decrease in convictions in court for that same age group, over the same time period.

“It is any wonder young offenders think they can get away with it when the figures show only a few of these cases get transferred from Youth Court to the District Courts.

“Of the 260 prosecutions for high-level serious crimes committed by youth, including assaults, aggravated robberies and burglaries last year, just 15 were heard in the District Court and of those only a handful were given prison sentences.

“These youth are not being held to account and there is no justice for the victims of their crimes.

“Why is it not ‘do the adult crime – do the adult time’?

I understand that there is some hope these kids can still be turned around, and that there is a general intention to not assume their current activities reflect their lives from here on in.

But society needs justice, and it needs to know that if some scrote is not getting the message to smarten up, then he can rot in prison like anyone else.

By the time we are talking unprovoked aggravated assault, the victims are not going to have any trust in police, the courts and society as a whole when the little darling gets cuddled to death.

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