n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Child offenders and their rights

Volume 108, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Children are a particularly vulnerable group in our society, deserving of protection. They are commonly associated with innocence. However, there is an exception to every rule and when reading headlines such as "14-year-old girl found guilty of murder"; "Pupil, 16, murders grandmother with sword"; and "Boy, 13, kills 14-year-old"; we are understandably shocked by the heinous crimes committed by children. We then wonder how the criminal justice system will be dealing with these child offenders.

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