ABC online reports:
A 12-year-old Western Australian boy has made a brief appearance in the Northam Childrens Court charged with receiving a stolen chocolate bar.
It is alleged the Freddo frog was given to the boy by a friend, who had stolen it from a supermarket.
The court was told the boy plans to plead not guilty to the charge.
The boy’s lawyer also told the court he had an objection to the original police interview.
The boy was granted bail and is due to appear in court again in February.
Aboriginal Legal Service spokesman Peter Collins says the charges are over the top.
“The fact of the matter is he’s 12 and these are the most trivial charges imaginable. It can hardly be a justification for this kid to be brushed up against the courts to teach him a bit of a lesson,” he said.
“It’s hard not to imagine that if this had have happened to a non-Aboriginal kid from an affluent Perth suburb with professional parents that we wouldn’t be in this situation.
“We’re strongly of the view that Aboriginal kids in Western Australia are chronically over-policed.”