Child bullying case: What are the implications when a young offender receives a criminal sentence?

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The department's legal services officials have also been directed to assist the victim to open a police case.
The department's legal services officials have also been directed to assist the victim to open a police case.
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While the legal system tries its best to preserve young offenders, those under the age of 18, who receive criminal sentences, have an uphill battle unless they reform.

A legal expert said the case where a 16-year-old KwaZulu-Natal girl was handed a community-based sentence would ensure she had a criminal record for at least the next 10 years.

"The starting point is that bullying in most instances will simultaneously result in assault in one form or another, so it's not uncommon to charge even young offenders with assault under these circumstances," legal expert Dr Llewellyn Curlewis told News24.

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