The neighbor who got here to the help of rugby union nice Toutai Kefu throughout a violent house invasion has taken goal on the Palaszczuk authorities for failing the group in the case of youth justice.
- In August final yr rugby union nice Toutai Kefu’s household house was invaded, allegedly by 4 youngsters
- His neighbor Ben Cannon went subsequent door to assist the household through the assault, getting injured within the course of
- Mr Cannon has criticized the Palaszczuk authorities’s inaction in addressing youth crime
Ben Cannon mentioned his household won’t ever be the identical after the alleged intruders entered the household house of his neighbors and significantly injured them in August 2021.
After listening to screams, Mr Cannon mentioned he noticed an adolescent popping out of his subsequent door neighbour’s home.
Mr Cannon mentioned he and Kefu stopped the alleged intruder, who Mr Cannon then held down till police arrived.
Mr Cannon mentioned through the incident he harm his knee, requiring him to endure physiotherapy and put on a brace for a number of months.
4 juveniles, three 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, are accused of being concerned within the assault and had been charged with 11 offenses every, together with tried homicide.
Within the 15 months since that night time, Mr Cannon mentioned the household stayed quiet, to let the justice system do its work.
Psychological affect taken a toll
Whereas he mentioned the response from Queensland police has been “distinctive”, he has grow to be pissed off with the dearth of assist for victims from the federal government and the youth justice system.
“We are going to by no means be the identical folks we had been previous to that night time, does not imply we do not get higher, however we’re positively totally different,” he mentioned.
Mr Cannon mentioned for a while the incident was very exhausting to speak about.
“There’d be instances the place I might pull up at a set of lights, and I would just cry, you recognize, and no actual purpose,” he mentioned.
“The psychologist says it is as a result of your cup is so full emotionally that you’ve got simply received no room left. I did not work for six months after it.”
Mr Cannon mentioned to an individual in the neighborhood, it will seem the “authorities would not care”.
“The police are doing an amazing job of preventing it at a road degree and us as a group, I’ll say are doing an amazing job of supporting one another by means of these instances,” he mentioned.
“However, as I mentioned, the federal government are tone deaf to the difficulty.”
‘No extra lip service, no extra reviews’
Mr Cannon mentioned the discharge of the report reviewing the federal government’s adjustments to youth justice legal guidelines final week, a number of months after it was accomplished, was a “kick within the guts”.
Mr Cannon advised ABC Radio Brisbane they’d initially acquired a suggestion of a personal assembly with the Premier however they wished the assembly to be public.
“We have now had initially the open supply of a closed-door assembly with the Premier. We’re not taken with closed door, this is a matter that is public, this is a matter that is in our face and this is a matter that we reside with daily,” he mentioned.
“We would like motion, we would like noise, we would like this to be a scorching matter that makes the noise, and that the power is directed in the best means.
“I ask the Premier [Annastacia Palaszczuk]come and stroll with us for a day, you recognize, sit in our sneakers the place we now have to battle by means of issues that was very straightforward.
“However no-one’s ever reached out to us as a sufferer, and form of mentioned, ‘Hey, is there one thing we will do to assist?'”
He referred to as on Ms Palaszczuk to take management and personal the issues within the youth justice system.
“So what I say is that this: No extra lip service, no extra reviews, no extra BS, no extra throwing the police and the frontline staff below the bus.”
He believed extra wanted to be accomplished to deal with youth crime by means of new options.
“The options which are there in place in the meanwhile by sending them house isn’t a security internet for them, both,” he mentioned.
“What’s flawed with saying certainly one of these children have to complete the yr 12 earlier than they’re allowed again in society? What’s flawed with having them end a commerce?
“Simply saying we’re [going to] lock you up for six months, and you recognize, then we’ll see the way you go, that is not going to work both. So I do know, it isn’t a easy answer.”
Youth Justice Minister says authorities will hearken to consultants
Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard mentioned the matter stays earlier than the courtroom, so was restricted in what she might say.
“Queensland has a number of the hardest youth justice legal guidelines within the nation and the reversal of the presumption of bail means extra critical repeat offenders are in custody for longer,” she mentioned.
“The overwhelming majority of younger individuals who come into contact with the youth justice system by no means offend once more.
“However for the ten % of offenders who commit the most important proportion of crime, there have to be penalties.
“The federal government will proceed to hearken to consultants and search for methods to focus on all types of crime, together with youth crime, which are based mostly in proof.”