JURY ABUSED AF­TER ROB­BER JAILED

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

A TOWNSVILLE thief ver­bally abused jurors af­ter he was sen­tenced to four years in jail for steal­ing $ 12,000 from a safe.

A jury in Townsville Dis­trict Court yesterday found Aaron Richard Forster, 37, guilty of break­ing into a home on Mag­netic Is­land and steal­ing $ 12,000 from a safe in M March last year.

Forster yelled abuse at jurors who had re­turned to the court­room to watch him be­ing sen­tenced af­ter de­liv­er­ing their guilty ver­dict.

“You f*** ing scum,” he yelled as he was led out of the court­room by Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices guards.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing, it was re­vealed Forster had an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal history, in­clud­ing 27 fraud of­fences, 10 break and en­ter of­fences, three counts of rob­bery with vi­o­lence, 10 counts of un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and five steal­ing of­fences.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Payne told the court Forster was also on pa­role for other prop­erty of­fences when he stole the money from the safe.

“He has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal history,” she said.

“He of­fended while on pa­role and has shown no re­morse.

“He is a re­cidi­vist prop­erty of­fender.”

Forster had vis­ited the Mag­netic Is­land home in the weeks be­fore the of­fence when the daugh­ter of the home­owner held a party.

Forster’s blood was found on a doona in the bed­room where the safe was lo­cated in pieces in a suit­case hid­den un­der a bed, which was a key piece of ev­i­dence dur­ing the trial. Forster claimed that the blood must have come from a pre- ex­ist­ing leg in­jury which he bumped against the bed dur­ing the ear­lier house party.

His part­ner cried as his sen­tence was read out and tried to hug him be­fore the pair were sep­a­rated by guards.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Vi­vian Kee­gan said her client had strug­gled with a drug ad­dic­tion from an early age and he planned to live with his mother when re­leased from prison.

Judge Clive Wall said Forster had 12 pages of crim­i­nal history. “You are a se­rial re­cidi­vist,” he said. “The com­mu­nity needs to be pro­tected from some­one like you.”

Judge Wall sen­tenced Forster to four years in prison. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on April 1, 2017, af­ter serv­ing 95 days in pre- sen­tence cus­tody.

You are a

se­rial re­cidi­vist. The com­mu­nity needs to be pro­tected from some­one

like you JUDGE CLIVE WALL

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