Man ac­cused of pock­et­ing $ 12k

Suit­case hid miss­ing safe

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE man, who al­legedly broke into a Mag­netic Is­land home, cut open a safe and pock­eted $ 12,000 be­fore hid­ing the bro­ken safe parts in a suit­case un­der a bed at the house, a court has heard.

Aaron Richard Forster is ac­cused of break­ing into Kerry Peter O’Shea’s Arcadia home in March last year and cut­ting open the safe be­fore flee­ing with the cash.

Forster had vis­ited the home in the weeks be­fore the theft when Mr O’Shea’s daugh­ter held a party.

His blood was found on a doona in­side the bed­room where the safe was stored.

Dur­ing the first day of the Townsville Dis­trict Court trial, Forster said his blood must have stained the doona when he was at the party and knocked an ex­ist­ing leg in­jury.

“I do not know how I bumped it ( the in­jury), I don’t know how the blood got on the doona,” Forster said. “I didn’t do any of this and this is caus­ing me much anx­i­ety.”

Mr O’Shea re­turned to his house on March 24 to find the garage door open and the back door dam­aged.

He went to check his safe in the master bed­room and no­ticed it was miss­ing from the cup­board and there was a red stain on the doona.

Af­ter po­lice fin­ished inves- tigat­ing the theft, he re­turned to the house and saw a suit­case un­der the bed.

When he pulled it out, he found parts of the safe were stored in­side.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Payne ar­gued Forster tried to cover his tracks by re­mov­ing any prints from the safe.

“Maybe he cleaned them off with the Pine- O- Cleen ( dis­in­fec­tant) left out,” she said.

“Maybe he put the safe in the shower and that’s why it was wet.”

De­fence bar­ris­ter Vi­vian Kee­gan ar­gued po­lice did not ad­e­quately in­ves­ti­gate other leads, in­clud­ing the home­owner’s daugh­ter, who bought a car with cash in the days fol­low­ing the theft.

“The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion … re­ally wasn’t much of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said.

“Mr Forster might be a rough diamond but he was telling the truth.”

The trial will re­sume in Townsville Dis­trict Court this morn­ing.

I do not know how I bumped it, I don’t know how the blood got on

the doona

AC­CUSED AARON FORSTER

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