The guardian of a 13-year-old boy has received an apology over the child’s mistaken detention, caused by problems with WA Police’s IT systems.
Police this weekend met the teenager’s guardian and apologised for the detention, which came about when police officers wrongly believed he was breaching bail conditions for a previous charge.
He was detained in police lockup overnight and the error was only discovered shortly before his court appearance on Friday morning.
Goldfields-Esperance Police District Acing Superintendent Darren Seivwright said officers found the boy walking outside with other juveniles about 11.30pm on Thursday and took him to his responsible adult’s home.
However, his guardian believed he was breaching a curfew and this was confirmed by a check of WA Police’s Incident Management System.But this was incorrect because the teenager’s previous charge had been dealt with in the Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court on June 12 with a referral to the Juvenile Justice Team.
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