Man found hiding in a wardrobe to avoid police

A MAN who was wanted on a prison warrant tried to evade police by hiding in a wardrobe.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Warrick Desmond Harris pleaded guilty to one count of assault or obstruct police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said officers arrived at a North Booval address on Sunday to execute the return to prison warrant on Harris.

As police surrounded the property, they noticed Harris inside and repeatedly called out to the 28-year-old to present himself.

When no one emerged from the house, police entered through the kitchen window.

They searched the property and eventually found Harris hiding in a wardrobe.

He was taken into custody without any further issue.

When quizzed by police about why he was in the wardrobe, Harris said his mother had phoned and alerted him that there were police in the street looking for him.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges told the court it was the first time Harris had been charged with an assault or obstruct police offence.

Mr Hodges said Harris still had nine months remaining on his parole order.

Harris was convicted and fined $400.



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