A 16-YEAR-OLD from Barnstaple has escaped a prison sentence despite admitting two assaults, a burglary and breaching a youth rehabilitation order.
The teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before the youth bench at North Devon Magistrates’ Court this morning to be sentenced.
He had admitted assaulting a teacher and fellow pupil, burgling a neighbour’s home and breaching his rehabilitation order when he first appeared before magistrates on August 13.
The defendant had been given the original rehabilitation order for criminal damage and another burglary he committed last year.
Magistrates warned him today that he was on the brink of being sent into custody and being given a detention order.
However, after positive comments from the youth offending team, social workers and the defendant’s foster parents, the magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month youth rehabilitation order with an intensive supervision requirement and a three month curfew.
He was also told to pay £20 compensation to one of the assault victims.
Magistrate Rose Day said: “We find that your offending was so serious this is the appropriate sentence.
“You will be in no doubt how serious this court has taken these offences. Your liberty is in your hands.”