Man sentenced for vandalising school four years ago

FOUR years after a foolish decision with his mates, an 18-year-old was finally punished in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Kaiden Ryan Davies pleaded guilty to one count of entering premises with intent, from an act of vandalism at Gladstone West State School back on October 22, 2010.

Under Section 140 of the Youth Justices Act, Magistrate Russell Warfield had no choice but to treat Davies as an adult at the time of offending during sentencing.

Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court that on the evening of October 22, 2010, the then 14-year-old Davies had smashed the glass door of the main office, before also smashing a large glass window and entering the office building, searching through draws in the admin section.

Fingerprints and DNA from blood smears at the scene were located and samples taken.

Almost four years later, on March 9 this year, fingerprints came back with a match to Davies, but he denied any involvement in the crime in an interview on March 16.

DNA results returned a complete match for Davies, who on May 10 admitted he had been at the school with six friends when a mate had smashed the door.

Davies told police he had cut his hand, hence the blood, but he had left and gone home, opting not to join his friends in the vandalism.

Duty solicitor Bill McMillan, SC, said peer pressure had applied.

Magistrate Russell Warfield took into account the fact that Davies had been a juvenile at the time of the offence, before convicting him and sentencing Davies to 12 months probation.



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