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Boy’s DNA linked five years after crime

A BOY who went back to the scene of his crime for the third time in one day to retrieve his hat and clean up his blood has dodged time behind bars as an adult.

Justin Brown was charged after his DNA linked him to the 2011 crimes in which he and a juvenile co-offender targeted the City Centre Cycles store three times in one day.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday to six offences committed between April 2011 and October last year.

Police prosecutor Danita Clarke told the court Brown and his co-offender first went to the store during the day and left without paying for a scooter.

The court heard they returned the same night and threw a brick through the front window before fleeing with a quantity of scooters, bicycles and accessories.

"They dropped the property off at a friend's house nearby when he realised he left his hat at the business," Ms Clarke said.

Brown returned to the Archer St property to retrieve his hat and clean up his blood on the shattered glass.

Brown pleaded guilty to one count each of stealing; enter premises by break; enter premises by break with intent to commit an indictable offence; enter premises and stealing by break; stealing from a dwelling; and breaching bail conditions.

Brown and another co-offender targeted the Ascot Hotel in August last year when they helped each other scale an eight-foot high back fence.

The pair broke into a cold room and stole a quantity of alcohol and potato chips, leaving over the fence.

Brown told police he was drinking at a nearby address and ran out of alcohol.

"He couldn't remember what kind and how much he took," Ms Clarke said.

The court heard Brown broke into his mother's ex-boyfriend's Wandal home less than a month later and made off with an X-Box console and a quantity of games to the value of $700.

Defence lawyer Grant Cagney said the X-Box was promised to Brown as a birthday gift while the victim was still in a relationship with Brown's mother.

"He took it upon himself (to take it)," Mr Cagney said.

Mr Cagney said Brown's current partner was pregnant with twins.

"I think it has been a real awakening for Mr Brown after being charged with these offences," he said.

"I told him if he continues with this offending there is only one place he will end up and that is not through the rear of the court."

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll sentenced Brown to 18 months' probation with no convictions recorded.

"You should know what's right and what's wrong and if you don't go and ask your mother," Mr O'Driscoll said.

Topics:  crime dna



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