Serial crim, drug addict stole $100k from one house alone
A SERIAL criminal and severe drug addict will languish behind bars until at least October following a spate of crimes which included "cleaning out" about $100,000 in property from one Gympie house.
From the start of last year Brett Ingliss Bayldon, from Gympie, racked up 17 charges in two distinct crime sprees, most of them in February-April last year.
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These included the burglary of the house, possessing an illegal weapon (a knuckleduster), trespassing, and nine counts of defrauding Westpac of a total of $420 through the use of a stolen credit card.
Several of the crimes were committed while Bayldon was serving sentences for previous crimes.
Gympie District Court heard that over the 2019 Easter weekend, 28-year-old Bayldon and a few friends drove a ute to a house he knew was unoccupied at the time and stole a vintage car, a Harley Davidson motorbike, a tinny with an outboard motor and household items including digital appliances, DVDs and records.
Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell said the stolen items were worth an estimated $100,000.
Bayldon's crimes were brought to police attention when the uninsured car was written off in a crash.
Ms Overell told the court Bayldon had a decade-long criminal history.
This included the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle at Bundaberg in 2017, where he drove erratically down a street and forced a bike rider to leap to safety before the car crushed the bike.
A breath test at the time returned a .109 blood-alcohol reading.
Defence lawyer Jacob Robson said Bayldon was "in the grip of a severe drug addiction" when he was offending.
The crimes were aimed at obtaining more money for his methamphetamine problem.
Mr Robson told the court since Bayldon had been jailed he had undergone counselling, expressing remorse for the burglary and offering to pay back what he could.
Judge Gary Long told Bayldon his crimes were "repugnant to the community".
"You took advantage of knowing the resident of a premises had left, gained entry and cleaned it out," Mr Long said.
He noted Bayldon's apparent sincerity and his guilty plea to the charges, but said the offer to pay compensation was not "sufficiently realistic".
Instead he handed Bayldon a three year jail sentence.
He will be eligible for parole on October 19, owing to 275 days already served in custody.