oa Article 40 - Thinking outside the box : Pietermaritzburg juvenile court

Volume 7 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Extracted from text ... Thinking mostly housebreaking, theft, robbery and assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. And yet, even with this age group, diversion (as opposed to imprisonment) is still the preferred action whenever possible. Alternatives for first offenders For first offences that could be considered 'petty' (shoplifting or non-violent crimes), diversion to a NICRO programme is the usual route taken by the court. For first offenders who have been convicted of a crime like housebreaking with the intent to steal and theft or robbery, alternative sentence options include postponing the passing of sentence with a condition that the offender is placed ..

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