Custodial sentence for teenage offender

A TEENAGER who broke into an East Tamworth home and stole valuables and a car has been jailed for more than two years.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named because of his age, pleaded guilty to aggravated break-and-enter in the company of others, as well as the unlawful use of conveyance.

The charges stem after the 17-year-old hit the Arunta Pl home along with two alleged co-accused in March.

A stolen motor vehicle was recovered in Northview St while a safe was discovered in a West Tamworth home after a search by police.

The teenager was arrested in a targeted operation by Tamworth Target Action Group officers on March 26 and has remained behind bars since.

In a sentencing hearing in Tamworth Children’s Court, Magistrate Roger Prowse slammed the actions of the teenager and said a custodial sentence was the only option available.

He sentenced the teenager to four months in prison for taking the car dating back to his arrest and a further two years on top for the aggravated break and enter.

The sentence will commence on May 27 and carries an 18- month non-parole period.

With good behaviour, the teenager will be eligible for release at the end of November next year.

A 17-year-old co-accused pleaded guilty to the offence and will be sentenced next month, while an 18-year-old man remains before the court.

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