Burglar suffers attack of guilt

A MAN allegedly involved in a break-in took stolen items to the police station and handed himself in just four hours after committing the crime, a court was told.

Justin Phillip Baxter, 20, and three others allegedly broke into a Boundary Street address on October 25 and took a number of items.

Four hours later, Baxter took the items to the police and told them he had removed them from the home.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told Bundaberg Magistrates Court Baxter had previous criminal history that included property offences.

“When asked why he committed the offence, the defendant told police he was a follower,” Sgt Stevens said.

Baxter yesterday applied for bail, indicating he would enter a plea in court on Tuesday.

Sgt Stevens opposed the bail, saying police believed the defendant would continue to commit crimes if released before he was dealt with for the current alleged offence.

“He is still only a young man and, if he was remanded, he would remain in the cells until Tuesday and would not be consorting with the older prisoners in Maryborough,” he said.

Solicitor Yolande Dubow said her client was before the courts as a result of his surrender, not because police had caught him.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said she did not think allowing the defendant bail was a good idea.

“It's not in his interest to be out and about in the community,” she said.

Ms Batts denied Baxter's bail and ordered he be remanded in custody until Tuesday, when his plea is expected to progress.



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