Furthermore, teenagers experience wild swings of emotion; one minute it's in-your-face toughness, the next it's tears and the need for a hug from a parent. I am quite certain a 10-year-old is not as culpable for his or her actions as a 16-year-old.
The Government needs to undertake a broad-ranging review of the whole youth justice system before making piecemeal changes. The principle of doli incapax may need to go but should instead be replaced by the lost principle of the 1991 Criminal Justice Act - maturity.
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