Prison sen­tence for bur­glary

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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