Malone backs push for court reporting
MIRANI LNP MP Ted Malone has backed The Bulletin's push to report on Children's Court hearings.
Mr Malone said in Mt Morgan, which is part of his constituency, there was a 15- or 16-year-old boy who was wreaking havoc on the town by breaking into homes and smashing shop windows.
He said the youth had appeared before the Children's Court at least 30 times but continued to re-offend.
“The police are frustrated and residents are frustrated.”
Mr Malone said the media had a role in highlighting the issue of juvenile crime through reporting on the courts and the community needed to know how they were dealing with offenders.
On Tuesday, The Bulletin's request to report on court proceedings involving juveniles alleged to have broken into the Ascot Hotel on May 29 was denied.
Court staff told the newspaper an unnamed party inside the court had objected to the request on the basis The Bully had provided no evidence to support a claim that juvenile crime was on the increase in the district.
Yesterday Magistrate Annette Hennessy responded to The Bulletin's request for access to the Children's Court every week.
She writes that access is at the court's discretion. “It is exercised having regard to the circumstances of the particular case and after hearing submissions from the parties involved in the matter.