Two Geraldton juveniles have been give a lifeline after they were charged with stealing a moped at the weekend while on bail. The boys, aged 13 and 15, who we cannot be named due to their age, appeared from custody in Geraldton Children’s Court on Monday charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle. Police allege the juveniles attempted to start a moped on Saturday night but fled on foot when they failed to do so. The 13-year-old, who is on a 7pm curfew, was meant to be at home when the alleged offending occurred. Lawyer Georgia Kesyers told the court he attended school all of last week and played football on the weekend. However, he had not had strong compliance on his orders and was suspended from school. Police Prosecutor Sergeant Ross Gray strongly opposed bail. He outlined the boy had been on four different types of bail including three court bails and one police bail. The court was also told he was associating with known priority offenders at the weekend and not abiding with bail conditions. Magistrate Angus Hockton reminded the boy of his obligations to engage with his order. “The aim of the order is to try and help you, give you a future,” he said. Mr Hockton said he wanted to find out if he was attending school and playing football. “It’s a very close call, if you hadn’t been going to school and football I’d be inclined to put you in custody.” He agreed to vary the bail, encourging the boy to engage and turn his life around. Meanwhile the 15-year-old co-accused made a request for bail in same terms. The court was told he had engaged well with his order, however accommodation was of concern. The boy was not attending school and required supervision. Ms Keysers told the court the boy had been moving around for much of the year. Sgt Gray said bail was also opposed for the 15-year-old. Despite this, Mr Hockton acknowledged the boy’s challenging circumstances. “Moving around deprives the child of building roots in the community and gaining stability,” he said. “If you miss out on school it becomes daunting because you’re behind everyone else.” He agreed to re-admit the boy to bail, but he is not to contact the co-accused and is subject to an 8pm to 7am curfew.