Bad blood between cousins leads to jail time for man

THEY may have been blood, but the blood was bad.

An unpaid debt led a man to burgle his own cousin's house, a Rockhampton court has heard.

Benjamin Geoffrey McLeod pleaded guilty yesterday in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to entering a dwelling with intent, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing a water pipe and failing to surrender into custody.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said sometime between December12-16 last year McLeod, 29, broke into a Middlemount home through a window.

She said the victim was away on holidays at the time.

Jewellery, cash, electrical and household items were stolen. A car was also taken, but later returned.

Ms Marsden said a neighbour saw a person take the vehicle and believed it was the occupant's cousin.

The court heard the victim arranged to meet McLeod at a service station to get back some of the stolen property.

McLeod told him he would mail the rest back.

Ms Marsden said Mcleod was found in possession of a glass water pipe in Mackay on January1.

He also failed to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

He is on probation for similar offences.

Duty lawyer Grant Cagney said there was "bad blood" between McLeod and his cousin over money owed to him.

"He's very foolishly taken matters into his own hands," Mr Cagney said.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said McLeod had been given the benefit of fines and probation in the past and it was clearly not working.

He sentenced McLeod to 13 months jail, to be released on parole on November 27.

He was also fined $600.



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