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Magistrate refuses bail for 14-year-old 'drunk'

A LISMORE boy already accused of a break and enter spree with mates at a Lismore car yard last year will be behind bars for at least three weeks after being arrested again early yesterday morning.

Police arrested the 14-year-old for breaking a bail curfew after he was found drunk in a Lismore street at 12.30am, allegedly after drinking from a one-litre bottle of bourbon.

He appeared in Lismore Children's Court before Magistrate Jeff Linden yesterday, but failed to impress the court with his application for bail.

“He is going to learn a very serious lesson today. Bail refused,” Mr Linden said.

The teenager, who has been living with his grandmother, will remain in the Acema juvenile justice centre at Grafton until his next court appearance on February 3.

The boy faces 10 charges, including damaging his grandmother's house in November after an argument about going to school.

Reading from police facts, Mr Linden said they were 'generally indicative of his attitude', despite the boy having the luxury of living with his grandmother.

On November 25, when the grandmother told the boy 'If you can go out drinking all night then you can go to school', the boy allegedly became abusive.

The police facts also alleged the grandmother was afraid as the boy smashed a wall and overturned chairs and a dining table.

Other charges include aggravated break and enter, reckless damage to property, and attempting to steal cars (in company) at a North Lismore car yard on August 22 last year, where an office was also trashed.



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