Brutal burglar assaulted man because 'he felt like it'

A PAROLEE whose history is littered with violence has been jailed for burglarising a home and viciously assaulting a man, simply because "he felt like it".

The Warwick District Court yesterday heard the now 29-year-old gained entry to a Warwick woman's home by damaging windows back in February.

Once inside the man "ransacked" the house and damaged property including a lawnmower and cabinet.

Crown Prosecutor Rachelle Logan told the court the man, who cannot be named, then twice headbutted another man who had provoked him with a shove to the chest.

The court heard the man had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse that had seen him brought before the magistrate on a number of occasions.

When he was 20 years old the man struck his wife in the face six times, hit another man four times and then punched his own sister in the face.

He also has a history of damaging property, including hotel doors, while drunk.

Judge David Andrews said the man had been given probation, suspended, sentences and immediate parole release, and jail was the only remaining option.

"It has been appropriate that you have been given chances in the past but it is now appropriate for you to serve a short period behind bars," he said.

"The penalties imposed on you in the past show the courts have given you 'one more chance' at least three times.

"You are not supposed to enter someone's home with the intention of committing an offence. You're not supposed to trash someone's things for your own amusement."

Defence lawyer Scott Lynch told the court his client was raised in an abusive home by alcoholic parents and battled methamphetamine addiction since he was 18.

He also struggled to deal with the murder of his brother several years ago.

Judge Andrews noted that the man had been clean from drugs for the past 10 months and was making steps to better himself.

"I think if I had (the defendant's) disposition I would probably try to blot myself out with intoxication too," he said.

The man, who has since relocated from Warwick, was sentenced to three months jail and 11 months probation.

This sentence is in addition to the 28 days he is currently serving for breaching his parole.



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