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Violence at Oak Village Food mart, Halswell, in August, is believed to have been carried out by youths.

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Violence at Oak Village Food mart, Halswell, in August, is believed to have been carried out by youths.

A 14-year-old boy has admitted cutting off his electric bracket and committing serious crimes across Christchurch, including car theft, assaulting other youths and burglary.

The boy admitted to 86 offences, and most of them were tried in the Christchurch Youth Court last Thursday, when he also agreed to apologize to all the people he had offended.

The charges against him included assault with intent to injure, unlawful taking of a vehicle, robbery and theft.

Some of the crimes were recorded by other youths and posted on social media.

Christchurch Youth Court judge Jane McMeeken was presiding over the boy's case.  (File photo).

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Christchurch Youth Court judge Jane McMeeken was presiding over the boy’s case. (File photo).

Letters of apology would be sent to all the victims of this boy, the court heard, and he even contacted others to say sorry.

The boy, who has not been named because of his age, was taken into custody – where he will spend Christmas before his formal trial in January.

Police have launched an effort to catch the teenager, including calling in a helicopter to help catch him in October.

His arrest comes at a time when crimes against children in Christchurch are at their highest level in almost a decade.

“There are many people who have been victims of disasters. A lot of people have been hurt, you have to really think about it,” Youth Court judge Jane McMeeken told him Thursday.

“Yes, Your Honor,” he replied.

This boy is responsible for stealing many cars and petrol worth more than 100,000 dollars a week.

He told the judge that an apology to the victims was “good.”

He was being held at Te Puna Wai youth center and had spent time in a secure isolation facility because he was “acting out”, the court heard.

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Three robbers robbed the Indian Roots restaurant in a stolen car on Saturday morning. (Video originally posted on November 20, 2022)

“Make good choices … you can’t change what happened but you can make better choices,” the judge told him as he was being held in custody.

The boy’s father was in court and said he had not seen his son for the past few weeks.

Some of the charges “had been going on for a whole year” and not all of the charges were filed within a week of the indictment, his father previously said. Stuff.



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