Teen fined for home-made explosives

WALK away. It's a lesson one 17-year-old boy won't be forgetting anytime soon after he was yesterday slapped with a $1000 fine.

The high school student fronted the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to one count of unlawful deposition of explosive or noxious substances.

The charge relates to an incident in Frenchville in September, when a group of teens decided to set off home-made explosives in the backyard of a quiet suburban property.

The court yesterday heard several neighbours called Triple Zero reporting gun shots.

This resulted in the Frenchville State School going into lockdown and police cordoning off Old Rollo Drive as they investigated.

Police prosecutor Constable Erin Jones told the court police found pieces of broken melted bottles in the yard.

She said hydrochloric acid was used.

The court heard the defendant was at the house visiting his cousin, who had invited two other friends over.

The boy's defence lawyer submitted he was not aware of their plans to make home-made bombs.

The court heard he was in the lounge room playing the play station when the first one went off, so he went to check it out.

Magistrate Cameron Press accepted his involvement was less than his co-offenders. However, he said he should have walked away or told them to stop.

"It was foolish behaviour," he said. He fined the defendant and did not record a conviction.

The co-offenders have each been fined $2000.  



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