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More youths abscond from Bushmob facility

2465 abscond Kayla Geller 12465 abscond Rowan Beasley 12465 abscond Davidson Campbell 12465 abscond Gordon James Harris 1
NT Police are requesting public information to help locate four youths who absconded from a youth diversion facility last night.
The youths are (pictured above from left): Kayla Gellar (female aged 16), Rowan Beasley (male aged 17), Davidson Campbell (male aged 14), and Gordon Harris Jr (male aged 14).
The youths were attending the Bushmob facility on Priest Street. They have not been seen since. Earlier this month five youths absconded from the organisation’s facility at Loves Creek.
Police ask that the youths not be approached. Any sightings should be reported to police on 131 444.
UPDATE 6:40pm
Police say they have arrested three of the youths who absconded.
The 16-year-old female and two 14-year-old males were arrested in the Alice Springs CBD about 5pm.
Rowan Beasley, 17, remains outstanding.
UPDATE August 1, 11am
Police say they have now arrested all four of the youths and thanked the public for their assistance.


  1. The residents are in willingly and free to leave if they choose: Nobody absconds (escapes) because it is not a prison.
    BushMob runs a residential program for young people aged 12 to 25 years of age, wanting to get their lives back on track without alcohol, drugs or sniffing.

  2. Obviously, they were not meant to leave Evelyne if the police arrested them.
    It is not a prison, but looking at the security in the place their diversion program conditions would be pretty strict in saying that’s where they were to live.
    All the calls are for alternatives to youth detention be found, yet this is what happens.
    If they were seriously injured whilst on the run, or they injured somebody else, somebody would have been held accountable, as they had a duty of care for their period of residence at the facility.

  3. Obviously Ray, they put themselves in the program to avoid other punishment. They decided to leave, therefore will face the music with police arrest and court. But Bushmob is not a lock-down facility, check it if you want, with the management.

  4. My comment or suggestion relates to vandalism and how we deal with it.
    Once caught and convicted the perpetrators seem to either end up in jail or a rehab program.
    NEVER to my knowledge is the victim ever considered in what is to happen to the perpetrator.
    Our community goal should be to embrace all community members and in turn all embrace the community. I personally would like the opportunity to offer employment to any perpetrator caught damaging property we have control of.
    The deal is that they work for a fair income for the job given and the company be paid back at 50% of that income until the damage is fully paid for.
    At any stage the arrangement is not satisfactory the perpetrator is restored to the alternative punishment given by the courts.
    During this agreement the perpetrator remains under the control of the court’s alternative punishment authority.
    As with the present prisoner employment program some of the earned income is paid to the program in control to offset some of the costs of the perpetrators management.
    Once the court’s punishment has been satisfied the perpetrator will have experienced the real value of the damage caused, partially compensated the cost to the community for their punishment management program, saved some money ready fro the re-introduction to community, learned some skills and experienced real employment.
    The community gain is the education of the perpetrator as to the value of damage done and the possible incorporation of another employable member of community.
    My father taught me to earn my way in life. We as a community need to earn our good life style and find solutions to social problems to benefit us all not just a portion of the community.
    There is always the haves and have nots which is healthy if the have nots see a path to becoming a have. Education and opportunity are the tools required so let’s get together and create some real opportunity.
    [ED – The Alice springs News Online is happy to put interested people in touch with Mr Thorp.]


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