Drunken raid on bar fridge ends in court
PORT Douglas man Ryan de Garnham pleaded guilty to burglary at the Mossman Magistrates Court last week.
Police alleged that on the night of November 18 de Garnham entered a Sand Street property in Port Douglas on his way home from work, after spotting a fridge over a fence.
de Garnham, who was heavily intoxicated at the time, stole a large quantity of alcohol from the fridge, before leaving the property and walking to a nearby beach where he drank the alcohol.
He had left his phone behind when he made off with the alcohol, and when he contacted police the next day to locate it confessed to taking the drinks.
His legal counsel, Michael Bolt, said de Garnham had no previous legal history, and has “just gone off the rails on this occasion”.
“He was tempted by the sight of the fridge off in the distance.”
Mr Bolt argued it was “not break and enter in the tra- ditional sense,” in that de Garnham had entered someone’s back yard and opened a fridge, and not forced entry into a residence.
Magistrate Tom Braes said “our houses have traditionally been our castles, and people are not welcome to stagger in and steal alcohol.”
However he took into account de Garnham’s full cooperation with police, having pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
His clean legal history was also considered.
No conviction was recorded, he was ordered to pay $150 in restitution to the owner of the alcohol and put on a $3000 good behaviour bond for 18 months.