18th January 2018

Luka Luka, 18 year old African continues to rack up heinous crimes and no matter how many times Police put him before the courts the Judiciary apply the scourge of the Legal system, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence”. The principle by which the judiciary hide behind rather than incarcerating violent thugs.
If anybody believes that this thug, based on what it is reported he has been up to, will correct his behaviour any time soon is to be completely and utterly naive.
It would be very interesting to see what the average person would think of the excuses put up and accepted by the Court to justify a Community Corrections Order.
It is long odds on that Luka will not complete year 12 and he will continue to reoffend again and again until he feels consequence for his illegal actions. Does he know right from wrong? You can bet he does. Does he know he is breaking the Law? You can bet he does. Does he respect the law? – NO WAY.
This Magistrate has again fed into the belief that young people, particularly if they are black, will not be punished for their crime – Surely the stern talking to by the magistrate carried significant weight and influenced Luka to behave and act within the Law – well at least until he got outside the Court. A Community Corrections Order may be punishment in eyes of some but I bet it is not in the eyes of Luka. All he will see is that he beat the charge.
The problem is a form of reverse discrimination whereby a lack of decisive action by the Courts is adversely affecting the future of these youthful offenders. Decisive action when they first appear before the Court would have reduced offending because they would learn there are consequence for breaking the law.
Elsewhere in society we accept that the hard discipline on breaches of behavioural standards in the first years of Secondary school with detentions liberally applied leads to a more homogenous school community overall as the standards and disciple are applied from day one.
The case of Luka is a Prime example of why there is a problem in this State with Law and Order and in particular with Young Black Africans.
Until the criminal justice system treats all offenders equally, regardless of race, colour or creed, Victoria will never come to grips with the problem of youth crime.