Teen bombers in court

THREE Bundaberg teenagers who blew up letterboxes with crude home-made bombs faced court charged with wilful damage yesterday.

Michael Rodney Reeves, Michael David Jensen and Lauren Maree Zunker, all aged 18, pleaded guilty to wilful damage after making basic bombs from gas bottles, tin foil and sparklers and placing them in letterboxes around the region.

Reeves was charged with seven counts of wilful damage following the December 17 bombings, Jensen with one offence and Zunker with two.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dean Burgess told the court the result of the explosions could have been “devastating”.

Letterboxes were targeted in Bargara and Bundaberg, in streets including Echidna Court, Agnes Street and Shoreline Crescent.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said the offences seemed out of character.

“You were fortunate that no other damage or injury occurred to anyone and a fairly low amount of restitution is sought,” she said.

“This was something that could have gone much worse in terms of hurting someone.”

Damage done to the seven letterboxes totalled $638, with costs to be split between the teenagers.

Reeves was sentenced to a nine-month good behaviour bond, Zunker six months and Jensen’s penalty was a $350 recognisance.

A fourth teenager, Brandon James Clark, 17, charged with seven counts of wilful damage, also faced court yesterday.

His case was adjourned until April 12.



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