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Young offenders sorry for actions

By CRAIG McTEAR

THEY did the crime, now they're trying to make up for it.

Four boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested and charged with malicious damage following a rock-throwing incident on the Pacific Highway at Moonee in August.

Their actions resulted in damage to a number of vehicles, including semi-trailers.

Police decided to refer them to a youth justice conference, where they came face-to-face with their victims.

They've accounted for their actions and agreed to an outcome plan, which included each of them writing an apology letter to their victims and families, and also to the local community through the media.

That's why we're publishing their letters here today.

The NSW Government established Youth Justice Conferencing in 1997 as a new approach to dealing with juvenile crime.

Victims are also given the chance to voice their feelings to the offender and reveal how they have suffered.

The conferencing falls under the Young Offenders' Act, which includes police warnings and official cautions.



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