Prison sentence for burglary
A MAN who pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one of receiving tainted property was sentenced to three terms of imprisonment in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
James Michael Leslie was released immediately and placed on parole for 10 months, minus the 34 days in custody he had already served.
The court heard that between 5.30-6.45pm on March 9, Leslie’s victim went out from his Jubilee Pocket address, leaving the front door unlocked. On his return he noticed some DVD’s and a wallet were missing.
On March 26, the victim went out again, but this time he left the dwelling locked. On returning, he noticed a side window was open and the sliding doors had been unlocked. On this occasion a debit card, mobile phone and charger were missing.
Fingerprints were found at the point of entry and on April 1, detectives received information implicating Leslie in these offences.
On April 2, detectives executed a search warrant at Leslie’s address locating what police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells referred to as “a certain type of DVD’s” belonging to the victim. Leslie claimed they were his.
None of the other items were found but police did find clothing linking Leslie to a further offence, also committed on March 26.
At 10.20pm that day, Leslie gained entry to Beachside Optics in Airlie Beach, from where he stole $50 in petty cash. CCTV footage showed the clothes he was wearing and a tattoo on his back left calf muscle.
Leslie told police he did not remember much about these events.
Duty lawyer Sheena Hayes said he was under the influence of alcohol and illicit substances at the time. The 35-year-old was sentenced to 10-month prison terms for each of the burglary charges and a six-month term for the tainted property charge, with an immediate parole release.