Pin­grup thief in threats to mum

Albany Extra - - NEWS - LIAM CROY

A 22-year-old Pin­grup man sent threat­en­ing mes­sages to his mother af­ter she re­ported him to po­lice for a bur­glary at Pin­grup Recre­ation Cen­tre.

At Al­bany Mag­is­trate’s Court last week, Brodii Wil­liam Ma­caulay pleaded guilty to bur­glary, steal­ing and breach­ing a fam­ily vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der.

Be­tween June 5 and June 8, Ma­caulay used a but­ter knife to force en­try to Pin­grup Recre­ation Cen­tre. In­side, he stole a mop and bucket, vac­uum cleaner, elec­tric ket­tle, por­ta­ble speaker, elec­tri­cal lead and clean­ing prod­ucts worth about $1200.

The court was told Ma­caulay breached a re­strain­ing or­der by send­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages to his mother.

“Dog cops ain’t gonna stop me from com­ing round. It’s a piece of paper. You know what hap­pens when I see you — but­ter­flies and roses,” one mes­sage said.

Mag­is­trate Rae­lene Johnston de­scribed the mes­sages as “con­cern­ing”.

Pros­e­cut­ing Sgt Dave Love­rock said Ma­caulay was taken to Katan­ning Po­lice Sta­tion where he told of­fi­cers he would never ac­tu­ally hurt his mother.

His de­fence coun­sel said break­ing into the recre­ation cen­tre was a “silly de­ci­sion”. She said he had re­cently lost his shear­ing job be­cause of COVID-19.

“He was an­gry his mother had re­ported him to po­lice about the bur­glary,” she said.

Ms Johnston put Ma­caulay on an eight-month com­mu­nity-based or­der with 60 hours of com­mu­nity work. She said he was a young man with no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions but he had no busi­ness break­ing into the recre­ation cen­tre.

“The mes­sages that were sent . . . they’re un­savoury, to say the least, and con­cern­ing,” she said.

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