Bungling bur­glar gets a break — not be­fore time

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A TONGALA man who badly cut his fore­arm dur­ing a bun­gled bur­glary at­tempt in Echuca has avoided fur­ther jail time.

Kur­tis An­der­son, 21, pleaded guilty in Bendigo County Court re­cently to one charge of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and was re­leased on a three-year com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der.

County Court Judge Irene Law­son sen­tenced An­der­son to 98 days in prison in ad­di­tion to the CCO, which equated to the same num­ber of days he served on re­mand.

‘‘I’m tak­ing a mer­ci­ful ap­proach to your case hav­ing re­gard to the other fac­tors but I want you to gen­uinely com­mit to this CCO and give it your ut­most,’’ she said.

Pros­e­cu­tor Damien Maguire told the court An­der­son at­tended a prop­erty in Echuca in Au­gust and un­suc­cess­fully tried to re­move a fly screen from a front bed­room win­dow.

An­der­son then used a screw­driver on a se­cu­rity door at the rear of the prop­erty in an­other un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to gain en­try.

The court heard An­der­son, who also had a knife in his pos­ses­sion, re­moved a fly screen and smashed a kitchen win­dow at the prop­erty be­fore he was dis­turbed by one of the oc­cu­pants.

Mr Maguire told the court An­der­son fled on foot and left a trail of blood from the crime scene to a nearby prop­erty where he was later picked up by his brother and taken to Bendigo hos­pi­tal. The court heard An­der­son had surgery on a sev­ered ra­dial artery, nerve and ten­don in his fore­arm be­fore be­ing taken into cus­tody.

Mr Maguire read a vic­tim im­pact state­ment to the court: ‘‘The im­age of some­one try­ing to break into our home by smash­ing our win­dows fright­ened me. I did not know if he had a weapon or was con­sumed with drugs,’’ the state­ment read.

In sen­tenc­ing An­der­son, Judge Law­son said: ‘‘The im­pact of your of­fend­ing has been pro­found. The vic­tim will never for­get the im­age of some­one try­ing to get into her home. the toys to the chil­dren be­fore Christ­mas day.

‘‘The St Vin­cent de Paul con­fer­ence of Kyabram would like to thank the Ulysses club of Echuca for all their or­gan­i­sa­tion through­out the year and host­ing of the event,’’ Kyabram St Vin­nies said in a state­ment. Such be­hav­iour needs to be con­demned and a mes­sage sent out to the com­mu­nity that this type of be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able.

‘‘I do be­lieve you are a young man who has a po­ten­tial for the fu­ture but you've just got to grab this op­por­tu­nity.’’

— Bendigo Ad­ver­tiser

‘‘The stores that hold the toy drop-off boxes, Right­line Mo­tor­cy­cles, Ky Tattslotto and Tongala Take­away Cafe´ and Echuca St Vin­cent de Paul and Rochester Ho­tel for host­ing the event. Last but not least thank you to the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their gen­er­ous toy do­na­tions and lo­cal sup­port.’’

Phil Ni­chol­son and Den­nis Wood with the huge haul of toys.

THIS IS YOUR STOP — Kur­tis An­der­son ar­rives at Bendigo’s court­house to plead guilty to an­other charge. Pic­ture:Bendigo Ad­ver­tiser

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