Mars Bar leads cops to suspect

A BUNDABERG man was charged with stealing about $14,000 worth of goods after police linked his DNA to a half-eaten chocolate bar found at the scene of the crime.

Ivan Horvatic, 39, formerly of Bourbong Street, appeared in handcuffs in Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with a break and enter offence.

He applied for bail on Thursday morning.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said on the evening of September 11 or the early hours of the next day, a Maryborough Street business was broken into after a lower glass panel on a door was smashed a roller door was forced open.

The police prosecutor said about $14,000 worth of goods, including tobacco, lighters and credit cards, was stolen.

The court was told a half-eaten Mars Bar was also found at the scene and was sent away for DNA testing.

“Analysis of DNA on the Mars bar matched with (Horvatic’s),” Sgt Stevens said.

Sgt Stevens said he was opposing bail because Horvatic might commit other crimes if let out of jail.

The court was told he had a long history of similar offences.

“The defendant has a long history of drug abuse and admits he does not remember committing the offence because he was using speed around this time,” Sgt Stevens said.

“My submission is that the police case is strong.”

But defence lawyer Thomas Bray said his client had hardly ever failed to appear on his court days despite his extensive criminal history.

“And just because his DNA was found on a chocolate bar in an area frequented by a lot of people, it doesn’t automatically follow that he committed the break and enter,” Mr Bray said.

The lawyer also said his client was not a flight risk and had been a Bundaberg resident for many years.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring rejected Horvatic’s bail application and his case was adjourned until January 8.



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