Tooled-up trespasser spared jail
A Kalgoorlie-Boulder man who was found in a garden in Boulder in the early hours of the morning standing next to a baseball bat, a balaclava and two spanners has been given a community-based order with 100 hours of community work.
Germaine Nelson, 19, pleaded guilty at Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court on Monday to possessing a housebreaking implement to commit a crime and trespassing.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Thomas Banyard said at 2am on September 16, police found Nelson standing under a tree in the front yard at a house in Azamor Drive in Boulder.
He said police searched the area and found a backpack, a baseball bat, a balaclava and two spanners about a metre away from where Nelson was standing.
Sen. Const. Banyard said there had been two other people with Nelson but they fled when police arrived.
Defence lawyer Penny Wong said Nelson accepted he was in the yard and had only gone to the house after some of his friends had turned up at his house and suggested they go for a walk.
Ms Wong said Nelson had sprained his ankle and his friends left him with alone with the backpack.
Magistrate Sandra De Maio said if Nelson broke into people’s houses he was looking at two years of his life in jail.