A kiss, a hug and then off to prison



HOME invader Alan James Smith kissed his girlfriend and hugged his mother before being led away to begin his six month prison sentence yesterday.

Smith and co-offender Darren William Brierly were convicted in Rockhampton District Court of depravation of liberty and burglary for tying up Ben Christopher Williams inside his Unmack Street home in June 2003.

Judge Phil Nase handed the men 12 month prison sentences but ordered they be suspended after six months.

But he told both men it was time to grow up, saying both men had a history of similar offences.

"It is pathetic when grown men repeatedly commit offences,'' he said.

He said Brierly owed it to his daughter to act responsibly.

"You have responsibilities to the community, responsibilities to your daughter and responsibilities to yourself,'' he said.

During the six day trial the court heard the men entered Williams's Unmack Street home with Justin James Felthouse on 16 June 2003.

They heard Felthouse accused Williams of sleeping with a mate's girlfriend and punched him repeatedly in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Brierly and Smith then tied up Williams using an extension cord before untying him about ten minutes later.

Prosecutor Justin Whalley told the court Felthouse was given a 41/2-year prison sentence after pleaded guilty to a string of charges stemming from the attack last year.



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