Three 12-year-old boys have been dealt with under the Young Offenders Act following two deliberately lit fires on the NSW South Coast over the weekend.
Police spoke to two of the children after a fire was lit in a reserve in Koonawarra, a suburb of Wollongong. The boys will attend a youth conference for the offence of causing a bushfire.
Youth justice conferencing is a formal, legal process that consolidates a wide range of practices based on restorative principles. It “allows the offender(s) to address the harm they have caused, rather than going through a court”.
In a separate incident in Warilla, a suburb of the City of Shellharbour, a third boy was issued with a caution after police were called to a small fire behind a sporting club.