WHAT IS AGE OF CRIMNAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
Criminal responsibility is when the law holds you responsible for doing something that is considered illegal. By law, a child below the age of 12 years is below the age of criminal responsibility. This means that when that child is younger than 12 years of age, they are deemed incapable of committing a criminal offence.
Therefore if a child ‘steals’ sweets from a shop, you cannot report them to the police for theft. You have to go the Local Council chairperson (LC) for assistance with how to deal with the issue and involve the parent to compensate you. This does not mean that a child above 12 years can be sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. Even as a child who has done something wrong, they must be handled as children and any arrest or imprisonment sentence should be a last resort by a court of law.
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