Tooled-up tres­passer spared jail

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Ja­son Men­nell

A Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der man who was found in a gar­den in Boul­der in the early hours of the morn­ing stand­ing next to a base­ball bat, a bala­clava and two span­ners has been given a com­mu­nity-based or­der with 100 hours of com­mu­nity work.

Ger­maine Nel­son, 19, pleaded guilty at Kal­go­or­lie Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day to pos­sess­ing a house­break­ing im­ple­ment to com­mit a crime and tres­pass­ing.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Thomas Ban­yard said at 2am on Septem­ber 16, po­lice found Nel­son stand­ing un­der a tree in the front yard at a house in Azamor Drive in Boul­der.

He said po­lice searched the area and found a back­pack, a base­ball bat, a bala­clava and two span­ners about a me­tre away from where Nel­son was stand­ing.

Sen. Const. Ban­yard said there had been two other peo­ple with Nel­son but they fled when po­lice ar­rived.

De­fence lawyer Penny Wong said Nel­son ac­cepted he was in the yard and had only gone to the house af­ter some of his friends had turned up at his house and sug­gested they go for a walk.

Ms Wong said Nel­son had sprained his an­kle and his friends left him with alone with the back­pack.

Mag­is­trate San­dra De Maio said if Nel­son broke into peo­ple’s houses he was look­ing at two years of his life in jail.

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