The wife of a Kununurra cop who was nearly hit by a stolen car full of children has expressed her frustration at the 10-year-old driver being found not guilty because he did not know it was “morally wrong”. Relief teacher and mother-of-two Dominique Wood said she “thought (her) husband was joking” when he told her the boy had been acquitted of all charges despite driving directly at him in a stolen Toyota Prado during a dangerous police chase. “I was very shocked to hear that there was no consequence for his actions, and he was let off,” she said. Magistrate Michelle Ridley handed down her reasons for the not-guilty verdict on December 13, criticising police prosecution for their questioning of the boy during an interview conducted on May 8 in Kununurra. Despite stating she was satisfied the boy had been the driver of the Prado, that he knew right from wrong and had no disabilities or cognitive issues, Magistrate Ridley concluded he did not understand the severity of his offending. “I think her role is to ensure that justice prevails and that she actually weighs up the rights of the accused, but also keeps in mind public safety,” Ms Wood said. “I just feel that she’s really failed that in that regard. “The thing is, no one wants to see a child go to prison. I think other solutions could have been placing him onto a youth community-based order. But to be placed in that order, he has to be found guilty.” The court heard the boy was on bail for unrelated offences while under State care and had been between many group homes and families. He was also not attending school during the offending. “He hasn’t got the parents who taught him what’s right from wrong. He’s fallen into the State who don’t know where he is at all hours of the night. They’re not disciplining him,” Ms Wood said. “So who is taking responsibility? I think it highlights that the State Government needs to step up and create a safe space for youth who are offending and hurting the community. “They need to take them somewhere that is safe, where they can be nurtured, educated, taught life skills and actually be rehabilitated. “I feel that we need to step up as a community and nurture this child and show him care because he chose to steal a car and drive it through town. “He wants attention, he’s bored. He could have gone out bush and driven out anywhere where it wouldn’t have endangered anyone... he’s putting another person’s life at risk. “There’s a minority of kids that are offending, but it’s showing other kids they’re getting let off.” Ms Wood said for there to be no consequences was like a “slap in the face”, highlighting Kimberley police officers are heavily worked with the number of calls compared to the rest of the state and are often assaulted on the job. “The community is fed up because the police are doing their job; if someone does something wrong they get caught, arrested and charged. But then you have magistrates like this letting them off. “The State expects police to uphold the law. There has to be a consequence for your action, you’re just teaching them that’s okay, but then what about the impact of all these police officers?” Following the verdict, Police Minister Paul Papalia also took a swipe at the magistrate, saying it sends a “really bad message to the community”. “If anybody regardless of their age commits serious crimes there needs to be a consequence. A situation has occurred where there hasn’t been and that is very disappointing,” he said. It was revealed in court the boy had been arrested multiple times leading up to his December 13 court appearance, including being arrested on the morning Magistrate Ridley handed down her verdict. Magistrate Ridley renewed his bail and imposed a 24-hour curfew while he awaits his next court appearance on unrelated offences. His legal aid advised him if he continued to re-offend, he would not have the freedom to attend activities without controlled supervision. “I think that by acquitting this child because she didn’t agree with the way that police handled this, that’s one thing, but to give them no consequences, it really affects the whole community,” Ms Wood said.