‘Vulnerable’ teen hit with Youth Referral Order after damaging his own bedroom

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A FRUSTRATED teenager has been given a Youth Referral Order for damaging his own bedroom.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Eastbourne Youth Court on Tuesday July 10.

Magistrates heard that the boy’s behaviour had been worrying his parents for a long time but that a diagnosis about any possible condition he may suffer from had not been made.

He damaged property in his own bedroom including a desk and while on bail he re-offended.

The court was told that police had been contacted because the boy had gone missing and was told on his return that he would be grounded. He swore at his parents before trying to escape from his room and landed on a table in the process, damaging it.

Noelle Magennis, defending, said, “It’s fair to say that the damage was caused by more of a reckless nature than intentional.

“He accepts when he loses his temper he smashes doors and throw things. He doesn’t do it to cause damage but loses control of his temper.

“He ran away from home but was brought back by police and was grounded. He became frustrated and attempted to jump from his bedroom onto a balcony and onto a table. I spoke to him about this and he said by doing this he wasn’t putting himself in any danger.

“His behaviour does appear to be out of control at the moment.

“He says he gets angry and he can’t control it and loses his temper.

“He’s 16, very vulnerable and needs some help to deal with these issues.”

Magistrates sentenced the youth to a 12 month referral order.