Crime runs in families says lawyer

The Nelson Mail 22 March 07
A hard core of young criminals from crime “mini-dynasties” are committing increasingly serious offences in Nelson, and sometimes learning their lawlessness from parents or siblings, a lawyer says. Nelson police say some of the young offenders they deal with have dysfunctional backgrounds, living in substandard conditions with parents who have significant drug or alcohol problems.Nelson police are dealing with a surge in young offending, with 35 children between the ages of 14 and 17 before the youth court, up from 15 before Christmas… Youth court lawyer Mark Dollimore said young offenders were “getting bolder as far as the seriousness of their behaviour goes”, and committing crimes such as burglaries and violence.