A judge wants written submissions on whether a boy who admits stabbing his father in the neck should stay in the Youth Court jurisdiction or go to the Christchurch District Court to be sentenced as an adult.
The 15-year-old boy appeared before Judge John Strettell today and admitted a charge of injuring his father with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He admitted the charge after it was reduced from attempted murder two weeks ago.
He had been remanded in custody while a family group conference was held and it recommended that he receive a sentence of either supervision with activity or supervision with residence.
The boy's parents and aunt were in court for today's hearing, at which Judge Strettell decided the charge was so serious that submissions were needed.
More serious sentences, such as prison, can be imposed in the adult court.
The judge remanded the boy in custody to August 24 for the written submissions by youth advocate Tony Greig and the police, and for Child, Youth and Family to make a recommendation on the sentences suggested at the family group conference.
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