Juvenile justice: youth justice conference after robbery and assault: Police v MH

Robbery, steal from the person and assault/resist officer

MH was a foster child, who has suffered from substance abuse since the age of 12. At the time of the offence, MH was intoxicated in a public park late at night. While under the influence, MH assaulted two younger boys and stole from them.

MH hid from police when they arrived, but they eventually apprehended him after a struggle.

Juvenile justice: youth justice conference

During negotiations, the police withdrew the charge of robbery, and MH subsequently pleaded guilty to the other charges.

However, following submissions, the Magistrate formed the view that the appropriate disposition in all the circumstances was a youth justice conference. Youth justice conferences are a diversionary measure that usually end without the recording of a conviction.

Ultimately, after completing the youth justice conference, the magistrate dismissed MH’s charges without conviction.

  • robbery, steal from the person, Crimes Act 1900 Section 94
  • common assault, Crimes Act 1900 Section 61
  • assault/resist officer in execution of duty, Crimes Act 1900 Section 58
  • damage property
  • juvenile justice
  • youth justice conference

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