MAGISTRATES agreed not to give ASBOs to two teenage girls with more than 30 criminal convictions between them, after the death of one of their fathers.
The pair, aged 14 and 15, were jointly convicted of theft and threatening behaviour in July, and warned the two-year orders could be imposed as an additional punishment to a two-month curfew.
At Vale Royal Youth Court on Wednesday Derek MacDonald, defending, asked for an adjournment in the light of the recent death of the older girl’s dad, and said it would be “wholly inappropriate” for the hearing to go ahead.
Prosecutor Julie Barr objected to an adjournment on the grounds it would not be “in the interests of justice”, but magistrates decided to make a stand.
Chairman of the bench Brian Gumm said: “We have wholly exceptional circumstances here which I’ve never come across, and I’ve been a magistrate for 20 years now.
“Normally we’d have a lengthy adjournment to get things sorted out, but that’s not appropriate so we’re going to stop the proceedings for an ASBO.”
Mr MacDonald said the bench’s show of faith would bring about a change in the girls, who “are like sisters”.
Mr Gumm told them: “You two now have a high responsibility. We are fed up of you, Northwich is fed up of you.”