Crim un­der in­flu­ence gets pa­role

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A MAN drove a stolen car into a po­lice of­fi­cer be­fore driv­ing off reck­lessly and crash­ing into a round­about at Ing­ham, a Townsville court heard yes­ter­day.

Troy Ed­win Ling, 26, then at­tempted to car­jack four dif­fer­ent mo­torists, telling one, “I’ve got a gun, get out”.

He jumped on the bon­net of one of the vic­tims’ cars, caus­ing $ 1761 worth of dam­age.

Ling pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court to 40 crimes in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ing, two counts of as­sault caus­ing bodily harm, five counts of en­ter­ing or at­tempt­ing to en­ter a ve­hi­cle and bur­glary.

Judge Gre­gory Lyn­ham said dur­ing the ice and al­co­hol- fu­elled crime spree on Jan­uary 7 last year, Ling ended up in­side an Ing­ham cou­ple’s home.

The hus­band ar­rived home to see Ling in his lounge­room.

“He asked you what you were do­ing in the house and you started rambling about po­lice chas­ing you, that you hit a po­lice­man so you had to leave Ing­ham,” the judge said.

“( He) was try­ing to get you out of the house but you wouldn’t leave, you kept scream­ing and rambling and you laid down on their couch … you left blood all over the couch.”

Shortly af­ter, Ling jumped a fence and was ar­rested.

The white Hyundai he had been driv­ing, worth $ 27,000 and stolen from a Bris­bane home two months prior, was a write- off.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Claire Grant said Ling had a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing and spent more than eight years in jail since he was 17.

Judge Lyn­ham sen­tenced him to three years in jail.

He will be re­leased on pa­role to­day.

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