Boy, 11, goes on weekend crime spree

AT JUST 11 years of age a Toowoomba boy has a criminal record longer than most adults.

The lad, who as a juvenile cannot be named, appeared in custody before the Toowoomba Children's Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a string of offences including burglaries and stealing motor vehicles.

The boy admitted to breaking into a Rangeville home on Friday and stealing money before unlawfully using a motor vehicle taken from the suburb.

He also confessed to stealing a wallet and contents, damaging a motor vehicle and breaking into a Glenvale home and driving away in a car from there on Sunday.

He also pleaded guilty to breaking into another home at the weekend and stealing and iPad, a UHF radio and two bicycles.

Naturally, he was also driving while unlicensed.

Solicitor Divina DeLeon told the court her client would not be applying for bail at this stage.

The court heard a pre-sentence report on the lad would have to be compiled before he was sentenced because it was likely he would be sentenced to a term of detention.

There being no application for bail, Magistrate Kay Ryan remanded the boy in juvenile detention and ordered a pre-sentence report be compiled before he returns to the Toowoomba Children's Court for sentencing next month.



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