Men chase next high in spree

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHLOE LYONS chloe.lyons@sc­news.com.au

HIGH on ice and on the hunt for more, three work mates ter­rorised a teen girl, who’d just got­ten out the shower, while look­ing for their fix.

Kierin Aden Churchin, 23, and two other men were hav­ing some work knock-off drinks when they de­cided to find some more metham­phetamine, a court heard.

The trio used a dis­carded shop­ping trol­ley to break into the down­stairs area of an 18-year-old Mof­fat Beach woman’s home.

One of the men threat­ened the teen, but in her po­lice state­ment she said Churchin told them to leave her alone and rounded them up to leave.

A short time later, the men went to a Bat­tery Hill ad­dress – with two seen punch­ing and kick­ing the win­dows and the other try­ing to kick through the front screen door.

A cof­fee ma­chine, clothes and al­co­hol were stolen.

Af­ter Churchin drove away, a wit­ness fol­lowed him down a side street and parked his car bon­net-to­bon­net to stop the group get­ting away. The men ran to­wards his car, so he re­versed and drove away.

Churchin was then seen speed­ing and swerv­ing in and out of traf­fic be­fore driv­ing the wrong way down a round­about and crash­ing into a tree in Warana.

Wit­nesses of­fered to call the men a cab, but the trio be­gan to get phys­i­cally and ver­bally abu­sive be­fore hid­ing from po­lice in trees.

Churchin pleaded guilty in Ma­roochy­dore District Court on Mon­day to break and en­ter and threat­en­ing to use vi­o­lence while in com­pany, rob­bery with ac­tual vi­o­lence while armed, dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, en­ter­ing a dwelling and drunk driv­ing. Judge Gary Long ad­journed sen­tenc­ing to de­ter­mine the role of the other de­fen­dants.

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