Game up for young burglar.

A teenage burglar, when asked what he owned that meant a lot to him, informed the judge about his games system. The judge then ordered that it should be relinquished to the authorities.

When I read about the case of the  13 year old suspected burglar ordered to give up his Xbox to the police as part of his bail conditions, I could see the point the judge was making straight away.

The approach by the judge in Northern Ireland was to take steps that emphasized the importance of the need for bail conditions to be observed and to show that bail was not just a formality, but would also cause the youth to make a connection with his alleged victims and his own predicament.

The alleged teen burglar is also barred from having any contact with his co-accused in the case and has been electronically tagged.

Any approach which might cause a young person to think about the plight of their victim must be a good thing, but if such a tactic were to become more common, are we going to hear about more cherished Xboxes, mobile phones, play-stations and the like being handed over?  Perhaps word will spread and we will suddenly find that a book or magazine is the suspect's favourite possession.




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