Electrical fuse thief in court

A MAN who broke into a Bundaberg home to steal electrical fuses faced Bundaberg District Court yesterday.

Beau Daniel Jones, 21, of Beaudesert, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and one count of stealing.

The court heard that on August 31, 2009, Jones and a co-offender went to a home during the night where they attempted to pull a screen door off the dwelling to gain entry.

The pair then used a plank of wood as a battering ram against the door which also failed.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings told the court the men stole electrical fuses from the home when they finally gained entry.

The defendant’s co-offender was sentenced to six months imprisonment, a fate the prosecutor did not submit for Jones.

“He has no criminal history,” Mr Cummings said of the defendant.

“The offence was an example of sheer stupidity.”

The prosecution submitted a community based order to give the defendant “necessary supervision”.

Defence Barrister Peter Richards agreed.

He told the court his client had moved to Beaudesert since the incident, but planned to move back.

“He went there to get away from the bad company he had been keeping,” Mr Richards said.

“He is currently unemployed, but his father is a plumber and suggested he may be able to give him an apprenticeship when this is over.”

Mr Richards also said due to the defendant’s sporadic employment as a labourer, he had not been drinking alcohol which, the defence said, was what had fuelled the offences.

“It was exuberant, drunken stupidity in bad company,” he said.

The defence submitted a community based order was an appropriate punishment with no conviction recorded.

Judge Keith Dodds sentenced Jones to 18 months probation and 80 hours of community service with no conviction recorded.

“If you keep bad company, you will get into trouble,” he said.

“It’s almost inevitable.”

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