Man jailed after breaking into woman's home in undies
A NOTHERN NSW man who broke into a woman's home in just his underwear and claimed he was being chased by bikies, will spend at least six months behind bars.
Bradley Adam Speeding, 38, was sentenced in the Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday afternoon to nine months prison, with a non-parole period of six months, for an offence which caused the resident of the home to be 'scared' while he was on a community corrections order for a 2018 offence in Lismore.
The court heard Speeding broke into a home at Caloola Dr, Tweed Heads at around 9pm on June 7.
The resident of the home was in her lounge room watching television when she heard a noise like an 'explosion'.
The resident was confronted by Speeding, who was only wearing underwear and a hat, yelling at her to call the police as he was being chased throughout Tweed Heads by bikies.
Court documents revealed Speeding was the one who phoned the police, and identified himself.
The court was told police had already been patrolling the area after several calls had been made about a man jumping over back-fences in the area.
Police prosecutors told the court on Monday that officers suspected Speeding was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but he did not admit to either.
Following the incident, Speeding was arrested and fronted court the following morning where he was refused bail.
Upon hearing he would not be released from custody, Speeding repeatedly punched the video-equipment used to broadcast his image into the courtroom from his holding cell.
These offence were committed while Speeding was on an 18-month Community Correction Order from July 2018 while he was living in Lismore.
The court heard Speeding found a bank-card and proceeded to use the card's PAYPASS function to purchase cigarettes from a 24-hour convenience store in Lismore.
On Monday, Speeding wiped away tears as his lawyer, Hannah Donaldson, told the court her client was fully aware he had a problem with drugs and alcohol and he wanted to seek rehabilitation to get his life back on track.
"I rarely come across somebody who understands so well how drugs work with the body or the mind," Ms Donaldson said in court.
"He said to me he is desperate for rehabilitation.
"He is going to need an army of support around him."
Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy told Speeding he believed he had a chance of rehabilitation, due to the remorse he had shown and his acute knowledge of his issues.
Magistrate Dunlevy said these factors and Speeding's early pleas of guilty meant he was given a discount in sentencing.
Speeding will be eligible for parole on Friday, December 6.