Teen placed on probation

A MAGISTRATE says a 17-year-old jeopardised his whole future by taking part in childish “madness”.

Jacob George McCorrison pleaded guilty to 14 charges earlier this month in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, including six counts of enter premises and commit an indictable offence and four of wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Barbara Barton said the charges related to McCorrison breaking into the Frenchville State School, North Rockhampton State High School, where he is a student, and St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, between December last year and February this year.

Ms Barton said McCorrison was part of a group of juveniles aged between 14 and 16 who targeted Rockhampton schools.

Between December 3 and 6 last year he took part in the theft of stationery, including marker pens, and used them to write graffiti on the toilet block at the Frenchville school.

Ms Barton said between December 22 and 30 last year he went to the North Rockhampton school with the other boys and removed four glass louvres to gain access to the staff room where he stole cutlery.

On February 21 this year he went back to the same school between 6pm and 11pm and squeezed through a fence before he broke a lock and entered a shed.

McCorrison stole a fire extinguisher before watching his associates throw paint over the floor and walls.

Defence lawyer Doug Winning said while McCorrison was the oldest boy in the group, he was not the ringleader.

Mr Winning said he had no criminal history prior to committing the offences and had been suspended by his school for 10 days as well as forced to do community service which involved four to five hours of gardening.

Magistrate John McGrath said:

“It seems you were willing to jeopardise your whole future for a few nights of madness.”

However the offences were at the lower end of the scale and he was the type of young person who would learn from the experience, Magistrate McGrath said.

He placed him on probation for 18 months and ordered he complete 100 hours of community service.

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