Judge scolds parents
A High Court Judge has laid blame squarely on some parents for not drumming home the ‘if it is not yours, leave it alone or carry it back’ mantra in relation to the number of young men who are claiming to have found illegal firearms.
“We as parents are failing our children then if we are not instilling in them to see it and leave it, don’t bring it at me, it don’t belong to you, carry it back where you get it from and get two warm lashes behind it,” Justice Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell said yesterday.
However, said defence attorney Ryan Moseley, there was a huge percentage of young men who saw crime as the only way out.
The comments came as prosecutor Crown Counsel Kevin Forde asked that the sentences be imposed on two then teenagers, who invaded the vacation home of Canadian visitors, shooting one and leaving him paralysed from the neck down, should start at 30 years. (HLE)
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