Boy, 13, in verbal attack on judge

AS the sheriff of the court led a 13-year-old Tweed Heads boy into custody yesterday he screamed abuse at Magistrate Jeff Linden.

"F**king dog!" the boy yelled at Mr Linden, bringing a stunned silence over the Tweed Heads Children's Court.

The boy faced the court after police allegedly caught him and a friend of the same age driving a white Ford Corsair at 2.55am on Monday.

Police were conducting a Queen's Birthday long weekend random breath test on Kennedy Drive at the time.

The car, allegedly stolen some time on Sunday night, came to the attention of police because it was being driven in an erratic manner.

The defendant was the passenger in the vehicle. but if his friend was the same size, he probably struggled to reach the pedals.

According to police, it was immediately obvious neither of the boys was old enough to hold a licence.

The defendant wore a pair of red and white sneakers, T-shirt, shorts and a stud in his left ear when he fronted the Children's Court yesterday, charged with knowingly being conveyed in a stolen vehicle.

His friend, the alleged driver of the vehicle, had not been charged.

The court heard the defendant had been released from custody only about a month ago for similar offences. A duty lawyer said the boy would plead guilty and had expressed interest in returning to custody because he had "issues surrounding accommodation".

The boy had been living with another young person "well known to the court".

Police officers at the Tweed Heads PCYC, who had been keeping an eye on the boy, did not want the pair to live together because it would cause "too much trouble".

But the court heard the 13-year-old's mother had "psychological issues" and his grandmother needed an apology before she would have anything to do with him.

Mr Linden said the boy was in "deep trouble" and was on current probation for a similar, if not worse, offence.

"It is clear, being out at 2.50 in the morning, he is out of parental control," Mr Linden said.

Mr Linden revoked his bail and requested a full juvenile justice report to be completed before the boy returned to court on June 30 for sentencing.



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