A HERO Budgens employee who fended off a knife-wielding child with a shopping basket is furious that the court released his attacker.
The dramatic attack, recorded on his CCTV, has prompted the frustrated worker to call for tougher penalties for children, saying the “courts are to blame” for letting them off the hook.
The 14-year-old “Monster” is seen entering the store before pulling out a large kitchen knife and brandishing it at the clerk at Budgens in Boxgrove, Goring.
He was handed a two-year juvenile rehabilitation warrant, which meant he had to wear an electronic tag and his parents or guardians had to pay a £22 victim’s surcharge.
This comes after The Argus revealed 30 notorious children known to police, dubbed “West Coast nominals”. They were listed on a poster for fear of young people causing trouble.
The employee, who asked not to be named, said: “The police did their part, they brought him to justice. I only blame the court system. They need to change the laws for under 18s.
“If you carry a knife like that, you’re not a child anymore. You came here to kill or hurt me.
“When I was a kid, we made mistakes. I’ve been naughty, but I’ve never hurt anyone.
“Kids fool around, it’s normal. What is not normal are the courts. They won’t stop you if you’re under 18.
“I’m telling the government, what are you waiting for?
“The children enjoy being harmed, stealing and hurting because they know that no one will stop them.
“He has a tag, but what happens when he attacks? Nothing will change.
“They will wait for him to kill someone, then they will do something.
“When you move to another country and hope for a better life, you don’t expect that.”
Sussex Police said they were aware of the March 7 incident.
A spokesman said: “A 14-year-old boy has been charged and convicted of threatening a person with a bladed object.
“He appeared in Worthing Juvenile Court on April 14. He was convicted of threatening someone with a bladed object.
“A two-year juvenile rehabilitation order was imposed. This includes supervision as well as an extended activity requirement of 91 days. A three-month curfew was imposed using an electronic surveillance tag. A victim’s surcharge of £22 has been imposed on the boy’s parent/legal guardian.”
Current criminal laws stipulate that any child aged 16 or 17 faces a minimum of four months imprisonment for their second offense in what is known as a detention and education order.
This can be issued by a Youth Magistrate or Crown Court to people aged 12-17 and is designed to help young people stay off the grid through education and training.
The legislation gives courts discretion not to impose the sentence where there are special circumstances relating to the offender or the offense that would make it “unjust”.
Factors that make imposition of the penalty “unfair” include: good progress from prior conviction, long time since prior conviction, procedural delay, sentence would be manifestly excessive or unreasonable, totality of sentence.
The police did not make whether the 14-year-old had a criminal record.
For adults, the minimum prescribed sentence for threating a person with a bladed object is six months.
There may be circumstances of the act or of the perpetrator that make the imposition of the statutory minimum penalty “unjustified”.
The boy cannot be identified due to reporting restrictions under Section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.
The law automatically restricts the reporting of information that identifies or may identify persons under the age of 18 involved in juvenile court proceedings as a victim, witness or accused.
Yesterday we uncovered a crime wave sweeping communities along the south coast.
Children have ransacked shops near stations on the Worthing line, from Goring to Hove.
The problem got so bad that the British Transport Police (BTP) made a poster of 30 infamous children to be hung in Southern Rail offices.
It has mugshots of 30 boys and girls, including Archie and George Tilley, who smashed Alan Willson’s skull and left the 47-year-old with permanent brain damage after beating him with logs in Longcroft Park, Worthing last year.
The purpose of the poster was to support “protective measures and crime prevention efforts” following persistent child molestation.
Referring to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), BTP thought the poster was “inappropriate”.
The ICO gave BTP advice and recommendations on privacy and closed the case with no further action.
Tomorrow: Read how ‘Rampant and Crazy’ shoplifting and now assaults terrify workers at a co-op.
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