Patrick Canessa ED secures conditional discharges at the Magistrates Court yesterday for a young teenager accused of assaulting two carers.
The incident dates back to last year when the child was in care and punched two of his carers. Neither of the carers sustained any injury or bruising as a result but the matter was reported to police and the boy, who was 13 at the time, was later charged with two counts of common assault.
Patrick Canessa successfully argued he should not be criminalised for a minor offence. In mitigation, he quoted from a 2017 report prepared by the UK’s Howard League for Penal Reform.
“The guidance is clear that no child living in a children’s home should be criminalised for behaviour that would not concern the police if it happened in a family home,” Mr Canessa said.
Mr Canessa argued that the boy found himself before the court because he had been in care at the time of incident, adding that no parent would have reported this to the police.