Judge Tells Teenage Thief To Be More Like 50 Cent

The teenboy, who was accused of 49 theft charges, was told to be more like 50 cent (Picture: Rex)
A judge in Australia has used an unlikely approach during his sentencing of a teenboy accused of a string of burglary charges. Magistrate Dean Potter was sentencing the Aboriginal boy over 49 theft and burglary charges when he told him that he should be more like 50 Cent.

He said: ‘Like you, 50 Cent came from the most tragic, traumatic circumstances. He was able to rise above them through sheer hard work and dedication. ‘I think you have the potential to do the same and avoid a life in that criminal justice system.’

Curtis James Jackson III, known as 50 Cent, came from a life of crime, drugs and violence and was arrested on numerous occasions for possession of drugs.
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In 2000, he was reportedly shot nine times. But he still managed to make it big as a successful hip hop artist and at one point had a net worth of $150 million. Mr Potter told the court that he was surprised the boy had not been through the criminal system earlier.

He said: ‘That says something [about] your character. Your mother must be solid as a rock. ‘A lot of people don’t have the personal strength to go beyond their circumstances, but for the most part you’ve been able to rise above it.’

Western Australia has the highest percentage of Indigenous prisoners in the country, according to Bureau of Statistics figures. The boy pleaded guilty to 14 burglary charges and was sentenced to a six-month intensive supervision order and 40 hours of community service.

Mr Potter said: ‘You don’t want to be part of the problem, you want to be part of the solution. In 10 years I want to look you up and see your successes.’

Credit: Metro, UK

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