Man jailed for breaking into his own 'home'

A TOOWOOMBA man who broke into what was occasionally his own home and caused $2000 damage has been handed a jail term and placed on probation.

Ty Peter Fing was drunk when he went to his girlfriend's Hill St unit about 3.45am, May 9, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

A witness later told police of hearing a male's voice calling for the woman inside and then saying "let's get a brick", police prosecutor Julie Wheaton told the court.

Smashing noises were then heard.

Police called to the disturbance found a window and the front door of the unit had been smashed to gain access and an oven inside the unit had also been damaged, Senior Constable Wheaton said.

Police then found Fing, who had a cut to his arm, hiding under a car in the unit complex's car park.

On parole at the time, the 20-year-old was placed in custody and appeared by video link from the prison to plead guilty to the burglary.

His solicitor Nathan Edridge told the court his client had been in an on/off relationship with the woman who lived at the unit and he occasionally stayed there.

He had gone there to speak with her having contacted her earlier but she was not at home.

His client had a lot of his own property inside the unit and was very drunk which led to what followed, he said.

Mr Edridge said his client had endured a deprived upbringing and had left school after Year 7.

His client accepted he had had a significant problem with alcohol since he was 13, Mr Edridge submitted.

Magistrate Damian Carroll noted Fing, at just 20, had eight pages of criminal history but accepted he had already spent a month in custody since his arrest for this matter.

Telling Fing the offence was "very serious", Mr Carroll sentenced him to two months in jail with 18 months on probation to help address his alcohol and other issues.

Because he had no capacity to pay, no restitution was ordered.
 


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