A pixelated screen shot from the video.
Police say they are appalled that adults supplied a young
boy with alcohol and even more concerned he was re-victimised
when footage of his antics was posted on YouTube.
Police went to the Fairfield skate park on Clarkin Road
yesterday at 6pm after receiving several calls from concerned
members of the public about a drunk nine-year-old boy, said
area commander Inspector Greg Nicholls.
A video, posted on youtube last night, shows the intoxicated
boy slumped against a wall at the skate park.
Police told a press conference today the boy had drunk eight
cans of seven per cent Cody's RTD bourbon and cola and two
By the time police arrived at the park the boy had scootered
home where they spoke with his understandably distraught
mother, Mr Nicholls said.
He was appalled by the incident and said an investigation was
underway into the adults who supplied the boy with alcohol.
"I see the drunken activities of adults who one would think
could make good choices in life."
"But to have a vulnerable young boy consuming alcohol is very
The person shooting the video can be heard saying "what are
you doing ?" before getting the reply "he's drinking G, he's
In the video, the person recording the incident says "he's
like eight you dumb b****, he could die" before the boy tries
to ride off on his scooter.
The young boy, who said an aunt gave him the alcohol and also
revealed his name, later boasted "I do smoke weed" before he
becomes agitated and tells the person shooting the video to
A man claiming to be the little boy's brother says "bro, it's
all good ... I've been drinking since the age of nine".
Mr Nicholls said the boy was not related to the "aunty" and
the man was not his brother. He described the boy's home life
as stable and caring, but CYF had been contacted to provide
any support the family may need.
He said police were considering charges under the sale of
alcohol act, but "the spirit of the legislation around the
supplying of alcohol to minors never envisaged an adult
supplying alcohol to a 9-year-old child."
"If our actions are draconian, that's where it will rest."
Mr Nicholls said while there was no culpability on the part
of the man who posted the footage, he pleaded with him to
remove it from YouTube, as the footage violated the privacy
of the young, vulnerable boy.
The man who shot and posted the video to YouTube, scooter
rider Bradley Goudie, 18, said there was little point to
removing the footage now.
"... all of the news media has already exposed it so widely
anyway, so there's not really much point in trying to hide
the video anymore."
Mr Goudie said he posted the video online because he wanted
to highlight the issue.
"It is the first time I've seen anyone so intoxicated," he
"Basically I was just concerned about his safety because he
was trying to hop on his scooter and ride around the bowl.
And alcohol and physical activity do not mix - especially
when you're only 9-years-old."
There needed to be security and regulation at skate parks
that saw this kind of behaviour, he said.
"I've seen people boosting up and down the pipe with
motorbikes, and people smoking drugs and stuff behind the
buildings, stuff like that, tagging, all the time," Mr Goudie
"Cameras, police visits - anything like that could hopefully
help [that] kind of behaviour and maybe decrease it to some