Is 10 too young to be sentenced for a crime?
The age of criminality was on the agenda in Karl’s Corner this week.
The United Nations recommends the minimum criminal age of responsibility be 14.
All Australian States and Territories have set it at 10, one of the lowest in the world.
However, in Australia children aged 10 to 14 can only be found criminally responsible where the prosecution can prove that they knew their conduct was wrong. This sets a particularly high bar that prosecutors must clear before a case can proceed.
Former WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan every Sunday at 10am. This week Karl, Michael and Carmen also discussed fetal alcohol syndrome, Wandoo Women’s prison and the Perth council elections.
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