S v SN unreported, case no. 141114/14 (WCC): Sentencing child offenders after they turn 18
This case note reflects on the approach that should be adopted by sentencing courts when imposing sentences on child offenders who turn 18 during proceedings. The Western Cape High Court recently considered the application of the sentencing principles in the Child Justice Act and section 28 of the Constitution to child offenders who turn 18 prior to their sentencing. The court confirmed that there is ‘no arbitrary end to childhood for children who have committed offences before they attained the age of adulthood’ and concluded that the sentencing principles in the Child Justice Act are applicable to children who turn 18 prior to sentencing.