Bay and Basin preschool suffers $10,000 damage in attacks

TWO juveniles charged with causing almost $10,000 damage to a preschool in the Bay and Basin area have appeared in court.

The 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy allegedly targeted the Sanctuary Point Day Care Centre over two nights on June 27-28.

Both face two charges of damaging property, two counts of entering enclosed lands and two counts of intentionally marking premises.

It is alleged the juveniles climbed onto the roof of a nearby property to gain access over the centre’s security fence and into a secured yard area.

Court papers said chairs and tables were thrown around the playground, a boat used as a play area was overturned, a number of established trees were damaged, a sun shade sail area was slashed, a quantity of books destroyed and security lights smashed.

They also allegedly used black marker pens to write graffiti, containing expletives towards the centre staff and police.

Police estimate the damage to be valued at $9000.

The girl, from Sanctuary Point, was arrested at Lake Illawarra on July 3 and the boy, from Sanctuary Point, was also arrested.

The youth appeared in Nowra Children’s Court before Magistrate Sue Duncombe and has applied to have a mental health assessment undertaken. He is due to reappear in court on October 4.

The girl has appeared in Campbelltown Children’s Court and is due to reappear on October 8 after a youth justice conference.


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