Another Aussie Larrikin.
From the Sunday Hun comes this class effort at justice.
Bomb Boy Let Loose
EXCLUSIVE: Carly Crawford
August 13, 2006 12:00am
Article from: Sunday Herald Sun
A VICTORIAN teenager who made a bomb that maimed a classmate's mother has been allowed to walk free from court.
The 16-year-old (left) adopted the username "Osama31" to search the internet for bomb-making instructions.
And he used the same chemicals that devastated London's transport network last year and that British terrorists have been accused of using in a bid to blow up jet airliners this week.
The Children's Court was told this week that three boys from an outer Melbourne secondary school planned the bombing in September, 2005 -- three months after the London Underground bombings killed 56 and injured 700 -- after a schoolyard dispute with a female classmate.
One of the teenagers has admitted making the explosive, known as Mother of Satan, which two of his friends detonated.
The revelations come as an investigation has discovered alarming holes in Australia's airport security system.
Lax security procedures throughout the country were uncovered as shock waves from the foiled UK terror plot were felt around the world.
The court heard that the girl was not at her Glen Waverley home when the bomb was detonated, but her mother was maimed by the blast.
The woman could have been killed if the security door had not shielded her from the explosion, the court was told.
"Had that person come through the door, she probably would have been killed," the magistrate said.
He was shocked by the bomb's size and the level of planning behind the attack.
"You've obviously spent many, many hours learning how to make bombs," the magistrate said.
"You had trial runs. You don't make bombs in this day and age, particularly bombs of this magnitude."
The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to possessing and manufacturing explosive material.
The teenager's solicitor conceded that, while the boy had adopted the internet username Osama31, it had been a "throwaway line" and his appreciation of terrorist activity was limited.
The magistrate was not convinced: "That's what they said about the London group that blew up the Underground." The magistrate said he was concerned that the bomb stunt was an "apprenticeship for worse things to come" and hoped he would not regret his decision to spare the student a custodial sentence.
The teenager, who had no prior convictions, attended court wearing dark military-style pants and a khaki jacket.
The magistrate placed him on a 12-month youth attendance order, including counselling. The teen and his family declined to comment.
I love the complete lack of any identifying information in this story.
We have no idea of what sort of upbringing the boy had, or which part of town he lived in, where he went to school. Only a vague reference to Melbourne's outer suburbs. That's not very informative, particularly in this day and age, so here's a site that will give you an idea of how big this city and its suburbs are.
If you don't want to follow the link, well, it takes me nearly an hour to drive into the centre of Melbourne from Bogan Central. (Not using the tollroads - that halves the time). If I were going to visit my folks in the outer western suburbs, it takes 1.5 -2 hours on regular roads and about an hour or so on toll roads.
I wonder what else we aren't being told about? Like his accomplices? Like why on earth someone would see making bombs in suburbia an acceptable pastime?
Let's face it, it's not like he's going to be held accountable for his actions, is it?