Home invasion results in jail
IN AN act of vigilantism, Stuart Alan Crosbie attacked a man in his own home over allegations the man had raped an 11-year-old girl.
Crosbie was in company when the home invasion occurred in Cannonvale in October 2013.
The victim was a 20-yearold man who didn’t know Crosbie, but the District Court in Mackay last week was told Crosbie knew the man.
The victim was in his bedroom when he heard the front door – which was unlocked – being “smashed” open. The victim armed himself with a kitchen knife, Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said.
Crosbie, wearing a balaclava, red hooded jumper and long pants, entered the bedroom. The man grabbed Crosbie by his jumper, held the knife to his face and pushed him to the door.
Two other men came down the hallway, their faces covered.
The knife was thrown away and Crosbie threw the victim onto the bed. The three men pinned the victim to the bed and Crosbie told him he had “two weeks to leave town”. The men then punched the victim for a minute, Mr Manttan said.
Crosbie also assaulted the man weeks later at a pub, the court was told.
Crosbie, now 37, pleaded guilty to burglary in the night with violence and in company, assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.
No charges have been laid against the victim over the allegations of sexual assault.
Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan, for Whitsunday Law, said Crosbie had “zero tolerance for sexual abuse”.
“The consequences of this are catastrophic for him,” she said, adding that Crosbie knew he was going to jail, leaving behind his son and job.
Judge Julie Dick said the Court of Appeal had warned against “vigilante reactions”, saying it wasn’t acceptable for people to take “the law into their own hands” or to “exact revenge”.
Crosbie was jailed for two years, to be suspended after he serves four months.