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Victorian teen doesn't regret riot: court

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Jacqueline Le

The accused ringleader of a riot at a Victorian juvenile detention centre is allegedly happy about possibly being transferred to adult prison.

The 19-year-old appeared before Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Friday.

He is one of six offenders who have been charged with criminal damage over a riot which sent the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre into lockdown a day earlier.

The Department of Health and Human Services want the 19-year-old and three 18-year-old teens to be transferred to an adult prison because of the risk they pose to the centre, staff and other juvenile offenders.

"Each of the accused is unable to be controlled on a youth justice centre," Malmsbury operations manager Rick Madigan told the court.

He said the youths had not shown any regret over Thursday's violence.

"They seemed pretty happy about leaving the site and made comments about going to adult prison and whatnot," he said.

The application to transfer the 19- and 18-year-olds to an adult prison is opposed by the teens' lawyers.

Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said she was not in a position to make a transfer order without hearing more evidence.

"Until I have heard everything, I'm not going to be transferring or putting them in an adult prison," she said.

She ordered the teens go back to Malmsbury for the weekend before she makes a final decision on Monday.

Police prosecutor Cherree Blair said not transferring the teens carried a risk of more uncontrollable behaviour over the weekend.

"I would obviously urge you against that," she said.

Mr Madigan also said there was a shortage of secure units available to accommodate the teens because of the damage they had allegedly caused.

This includes 30 broken windows, 12 smashed cameras, broken air conditioning units, and damaged smoke detectors.

"They were all smashed and extensively damaged," Mr Madigan said.

"There is also extensive damage to plaster, walls and ceilings."

It's estimated the damage will cost upwards of $65,000 to repair.

It's alleged the instigator of Thursday's riot and a second teen removed metal legs from tables to smash windows and intimidate staff.

Mr Madigan says it is the second time the 19-year-old has faced the possibility of being transferred to an adult jail.

DHHS unsuccessfully applied to have him transferred to an adult prison after he allegedly struck a staff member in the face in October.

He will return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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