Screams scare off man

Late-night bed­room in­truder was woman’s neigh­bour

NewsMail - - NEWS - Ross Irby

ALONE in her bed­room at night a woman heard a noise and saw her door open – only to recog­nise the in­truder as Lex Power, her neigh­bour.

She screamed and he fled her home.

Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court heard Power, 36, lived di­rectly across from the woman’s home in Bar­gara.

Ap­pear­ing from jail via video-link, Lex Garry Power pleaded guilty to en­ter­ing a dwelling with in­tent by break at night on Wed­nes­day, April 26.

Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Grant Klaassen said Power en­tered the woman’s home through a rear door at 9pm.

Power opened a kitchen drawer, walked down a hall­way and opened the door to the main bed­room.

The woman heard the door, sat up and screamed. Power ran.

Snr Cnst Klaassen said when po­lice spoke to Power that night he’d been very con­cerned, say­ing he was on pro­ba­tion, on a cur­few, and he would be blamed for be­ing in­side the neigh­bour’s house.

He said Power has a lengthy his­tory for prop­erty of­fences and re­ceived jail sen­tences.

In 2015 he re­ceived an 11-month sen­tence for 14 of­fences.

Lawyer Mary Buchanan said while a jail term was ap­pro­pri­ate of up to nine months, she sought an im­me­di­ate pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date be­cause it would take months to process.

“He had been drink­ing al­co­hol all day. He drank the best part of a bot­tle of whisky and is not sure how he ended up over there,” she said.

“He passes on his apolo­gies (to the woman).”

Ms Buchanan said Power, a fa­ther of four, had worked at Bund­aberg Brick­works be­fore it went into liq­ui­da­tion, and also worked tree lop­ping and on trawlers.

She said he had been un­able to find work which led to him be­ing de­pressed,


He had drink­ing al­co­hol all day.

— Lawyer Mary Buchanan

and it was al­co­hol that got him into trou­ble.

“He did not re­ally have any in­tent,” Ms Buchanan said.

Mag­is­trate Neil Lavar­ing said it was a break and en­ter of­fence, done while Power was re­leased to pa­role and a jail term of 12 months ap­pro­pri­ate.

Power had spent 19 days in pre-sen­tence cus­tody and Mr Lavar­ing set a pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date of Jan­uary 22.

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