Po­lice house bur­glar on su­per­vi­sion

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

A 23-year-old man who un­wit­tingly broke into the home of two po­lice of­fi­cers has been sen­tenced to a 12month in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion or­der.

Be­tween 1pm and 1.30pm on April 23, Ru­pert Leonard Giles Hill had been walk­ing past a Bluff Point prop­erty when he saw the garage door open and two cars parked in­side. Hill en­tered the garage and rum­maged through both cars, from which he stole lose change, keys, a St Christopher medal and a dash cam.

He then left the prop­erty on a moun­tain bike he stole from the garage, pass­ing an un­marked po­lice car parked out­side.

Once the of­fi­cers were alerted to the in­ci­dent, they re­ported it to Ger­ald­ton Po­lice Sta­tion and started pa­trolling the area in the un­marked car.

They found and ar­rested Hill a short time later when ev­ery­thing but the dash cam was re­cov­ered.

On Mon­day, he pleaded guilty in the Ger­ald­ton District Court to ag­gra­vated home bur­glary and steal­ing. De­fence coun­sel Kate Turt­ley-Chap­pel said Hill, who has an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, was im­pul­sive and did not re­alise the house was that of two po­lice of­fi­cers.

He has spent five months in cus­tody since his ar­rest.

Judge Vicki Stew­art said Hill had not been de­terred by the pres­ence of peo­ple in the house.

“This has had a last­ing emo­tional im­pact on the fam­ily, es­pe­cially the chil­dren,” she said.

Hill will live with his mother in Wiluna while he com­pletes the 12month pro­gram. He is re­quired to en­gage with Adult Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions and the Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Com­mis­sion.

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