A MAN stunned a magistrate yesterday when he told the court the arrest of his 12-year-old son for burglary and theft was 'nothing to do with me'. Magistrate W. Y. Yung snapped: 'What kind of a father are you, letting a young boy roam free?' The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, peered through the bars of the dock during his brief hearing at Eastern Court. He faces a charge of burglary at the Discovery Bay Seafood Restaurant, for allegedly stealing $154. A second burglary charge accuses the boy of stealing $10 from a 7-Eleven outlet, also in Discovery Bay on Lantau Island. The allegation of theft relates to a wallet containing US$100 (HK$773), $71.20, a Visa credit card and an identity card in the name of Roy Quentin Magee. The prosecution said the boy had stolen a bag containing the wallet from the same 7-Eleven store. Defence lawyer Amir Nasir asked the magistrate not to allow the charges to be read in court, on the grounds the boy was a minor. But Mr Yung said the public was entitled to know the charges.. Mr Nasir told the magistrate: 'I don't know what this juvenile is doing in custody. He has been in custody for two days. He should have been granted bail at the first instance.' But prosecutor Fanny Tang told the court the boy had been in the care of his grandparents and was cautioned by the police for theft only two days before his arrest. Mr Yung adjourned the case until Wednesday. No pleas were taken. He said the boy could be released on bail so long as his father stood surety for him in the sum of $4,000. If not, the child would have to stay at a boys' home. Mr Yung then told the father: 'You should bail him out. It is your responsibility. 'Don't throw the responsibility on the Social Welfare Department. It is your problem, not the taxpayers' problem. I hope you understand.' Discovery Bay police last night denied they had kept the 12-year-old in custody for two days. 'We only detained him for two hours to give evidence,' a spokesman said.