segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2008
House-party teen shows no remorse
Corey Delaney's wild party could cost him a $20,000 damages bill and his parents are threatening him with scary consequences.
But the defiant 16-year-old has called on other teenagers to get him to organise their next party after his 500 guests caused mayhem in his suburban street in Melbourne's south-east on Saturday night.
Police are considering billing him after 30 officers, a police helicopter and the dog squad were called to the party in Narre Warren South at about 11pm (AEDT).
Teenagers pelted police vehicles with glass bottles and damaged property during the party Corey decided to throw while his parents were away in Queensland.
But the unrepentant teenager said his mates loved the party and he couldn't be blamed for the damage.
When asked by the Nine Network what advice he had for other teenagers considering throwing a party while mum and dad are away, he said: "Get me to do it for you.
"Best party ever, that's what everyone's saying.''
His mum, Jo Delaney, who was still on the way home from Queensland, didn't think so.
"We're a good family. I'm just devastated and horrified that this has actually occurred,'' she told the Seven Network.
"Obviously he's very scared of the consequences that we're going to bring upon him.''
Corey's dad Steve isn't too impressed either.
"He's a fairly independent young sort of fella, socially very active, got a lot of friends,'' he told Seven.
"It's just destroyed our faith in him. We just don't know what to do as parents.''
But they haven't had a chance to talk to their sociable son, who was still in his party clothes today - unzipped jacket, loud cap and big sun glasses.
"I haven't really talked to them because every time they try to call, I don't answer,'' Corey told Nine.
"They'll probably try to kill me.''
Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon was equally disappointed and said the behaviour toward police was appalling.
She said police were considering billing the boy, to spare the community the cost.
"I'm very unhappy about it, watching police officers treated in that fashion,'' Ms Nixon told reporters.
"That young man invited hundreds of people to his house, not responsible at all in any way, 500 people turned up and caused great harm to the community, a great deal of expense to Victoria Police.''
The crowd eventually dispersed and no-one was arrested.
Corey told Nine he knew he had invited a lot of people but could not remember how the party started.
"I was just off my head,'' he said.
He refused to take responsibility for the damage.
"It was my party, but it could have been any random person walking down the street,'' he said.
Ms Nixon said attending the party would have cost the police force about $20,000 and she was disappointed Corey seemed to have shown no remorse.
"I think he needs to learn a lesson and one way or another, we'll do that,'' she said.
Meanwhile, an adolescent psychologist backed calls for police to issue a bill — but said it should be sent to the teenager's parents.
"I really do hope police do send the bill to the parents because it is appropriate,'' the author of books on adolescent psychology and television identity, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said.
"To blame poor old Corey is a little bit unfair. I think he is a normal, 16-year-old kid.
"This is absolutely a parental responsibility.''