Court refuses Bully's request

COURT action against six juveniles alleged to have broken into the Ascot Hotel in North Rockhampton remains shrouded in secrecy.

A request to Magistrate Annette Hennessy yesterday from The Bully to report on proceedings in the Children's Court in Rockhampton, where the youths were due to appear, was denied after a party objected.

Court staff told The Bully the unnamed party had argued against the request on the grounds the newspaper had not provided evidence to back up a claim that juvenile crime was on the rise in the district.

The paragraph in the letter which The Bully sent to the magistrate reads: “We acknowledge we cannot identify juveniles in any court proceedings. We feel these cases are of public interest given the high rate of juvenile crime at the moment and should be reported.”

The hotel was broken into on May 29 and six youths – five boys and a girl aged between 13 and 16 – are alleged to have been involved in smashing windows at the hotel to gain entry and then stealing a few bottles of rum as well as a small amount of cash.

Owner Will Cordwell sat outside court but was not asked to enter the court and listen to proceedings.

He said the justice system was not working and reforms were needed.



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