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'Bored' teen broke curfew 10 times
9:00pm Monday 19th November 2012 in News
A 15-year-old on bail for burglary landed himself back in court when he breached his curfew by attending a youth club.
The teenager from Worcester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court charged with breaching his doorstep curfew imposed in relation to two burglary charges in August.
Mark Johnson, prosecuting, said that after repeatedly breaching his police bail in September and October, he had been given a “severe telling off” in court after going to the youth club outside his 7pm to 6.30am curfew.
The teenager also admitted breaching the order a further time on November 14, when he was outside talking to a group of youths outside his home.
“He was about 20 minutes outside his curfew,” said Mr Johnson. “It would not be unfair to describe the compliance as appalling.”
Mr Johnson said police had visited the teenager’s home on a number of occasions and he was found to be absent 10 times.
“Clearly, he has absolutely no regard for the conditions put on him by police or the court,” he said.
Sunil Jagatia, defending, said: “Since November 2 he was given these conditions in court and he has complied with them. He wasn’t aware of the implications.
"He was getting bored at home and went to the youth club. Now he goes home for 7pm.”
Magistrates released him on bail and imposed an electronic tag with a 7pm to 6.30am curfew.
He is due to stand trial on January 16 after denying both burglary charges.