Teen too weak during shoplifting

A LISMORE lawyer said his teenage client did not have ‘the balls’ to refuse his mate when he stole two pairs of socks at a department store and shoved them into his trousers.

Lawyer Ben Cochrane said the 16-year-old was with his friend and the pair was going to the beach.

He said the two went to Big W at Lismore Square because the teen needed a pair of board shorts to go swimming but had no money.

Mr Cochrane said when his friend got the board shorts he tried to get the teen to put them down the front of his shorts, but his client said ‘no’. His friend then told the teen that as he was getting him the board shorts then he could get him the socks.

“He didn’t have the balls to say no and he did it,” Mr Cochrane told Lismore Children’s Court.

The Goonellabah teen pleaded guilty this week to shoplifting the socks valued at $11.94 from the department store on May 5.

At the time of the offence the teen was on conditional liberty from Lismore District Court serving a two-year suspended custodial sentence for a serious assault matter.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said the difficulty the teen faced was his suspended sentence and the District Court would have to be notified about this latest offence. On the socks theft she fined him $200.



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