Thursday, 17 July 2008

Sentence overturned for teen sex offences

A teenage boy who was found guilty of indecently dealing with a child has had his detention sentence overturned in the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

The boy who was 13 at the time of the crime and cannot be identified for legal reasons, was convicted along with four others for a sexual attack on an 11-year-old boy in Maningrida in 2006.

It was found that the 13-year-old fondled the younger boy and mimicked behaviour he had seen in pornographic videos.

The boy was sentenced to eight months' detention suspended after one month, but he was released on bail while his lawyers appealed.

In court today, a panel of three judges ruled that detention is inappropriate, but the boy was convicted on each count and put on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

In giving their reasons for the decision, the judges noted that the boy was a victim of sexual abuse himself and that in some ways had a mental age of a five-year-old.

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