A young offender who said he can’t get out of bed to complete his community service work hours was back in front of a judge on Monday.
The 18-year-old, who cannot be named because he was a youth when he committed his offence, has returned to court more than once due to his failure to comply. He’s completed only 10 hours of his conditional sentence order in the past 18 months.
“I’ve never encountered anything like this,” said Tom Weiss, his defence counsel.
Last week, the teenager promised Judge Christopher Cleaveley that he would complete 14.5 hours. He did none. His youth outreach worker noted that the teen just shrugs it off and goes back to sleep, Weiss said. The boy’s foster parents were in court on Monday.
“He has no ambition of doing anything other than what he does now, which is nothing,” said his foster father.
The judge was incredulous though patient. Why no hours last week?, he asked.
“I dunno,” the teen replied. “I gave up.”
He said he sleeps all day and doesn’t have any choice in the matter.
“You don’t have any choice about the hours, either,” the judge said. “You know, I can put you in jail. . . . Doesn’t that motivate you to do the hours? Can you start?”
The teen shrugged.
“I dunno, I guess I can try,” he offered.
Cleaveley ordered the teen to return to court Aug. 7.
“There you go, another week, so get it done.”