Journal’s bid to make youth accountable refused by court

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A TEENAGE criminal with numerous convictions had his identity protected by the courts again this week, despite the Journal making a second attempt to make him accountable.

The 15-year-old appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after he was found riding a stolen bike.

A reporting restriction was imposed at the court’s discretion to protect the youth despite the Journal having the backing of the police that it is in the public interest to name him.

We said:

l That the public has a right to know his identity to protect themselves and their property.

l That his neighbours are living in fear because of his repeat offending.

l That he should be accountable for his actions.

The case was adjourned to be tied in with other charges he faces at youth court on November 1.

The youth, who is currently subject to a curfew from 7pm until 7am, was released on bail.