Criminal history catches up to man

UNSETTLED criminal history caught up with an East Bundaberg man in court yesterday where he faced 11 charges spanning 18 years.

Brendan Charles Rainsford, 46, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to charges including assault causing bodily harm, wilful damage, assault police, posses dangerous drugs and wilful damage.

The charges began on December 21, 1992 when police were called to a Caloundra caravan park.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said nine small marijuana plants and a water pipe were found.

The officers had been called to the park after Rainsford’s partner reported the defendant had damaged her vehicle tyres after a dispute.

In 2006, police were called to another caravan park in Eight Mile Plains where a man had been assaulted.

The victim had gone to the van park seeking $90 he had loaned Rainsford’s friend.

When Rainsford’s friend opened the door, he grabbed the victim by the shoulder and head butted him causing him to stumble back.

The co-offender then punched the victim and kicked him in the ribs.

Rainsford joined in the assault punching the victim in the head and back as he cowered on the ground.

In 2007, police charged Rainsford with unlawful use of a motor vehicle after he failed to return a Thrifty rental vehicle for several days.

The car was hired from Brisbane and was eventually returned to a depot in Perth.

In May 2010, police caught up with the defendant who had failed to appear for court dates for all of the offences.

They found him hiding in a bedroom cupboard when they executed a search warrant at his home.

Rainsford lashed out after he was placed in the police vehicle kicking an officer in the head.

Defence lawyer Christine Delaney said her client had been in custody for almost four months.

She said Rainsford suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and epilepsy and was beginning to get his life on track when he was arrested in May.

She said one of his fail to appears arose from him being in a psychiatric hospital in 2006.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring sentenced Rainsford to 122 days jail and took time served into account.

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