Home in­va­sion re­sults in jail

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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