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'I'm sorry': burglar

Emma Channon

A BURGLAR has professed his remorse to the man he punched during a terrifying home invasion last year.

Leroy Dale Brown knocked on the door of a Warwick home on December 20, before pushing his way past one of the victim's three young daughters, who had opened the door.

Brown became loud and abusive, telling the occupants he was looking for his friend.

Despite being told she was not there several times, the 22-year-old shoved the door towards the man, causing him to stumble.

Brown then punched the man in the side of his head.

Not a person to take such an attack lying down, the victim tackled the "grossly intoxicated" man to the ground while his daughter called police.

The victim allowed Brown to rise to his feet shortly after and told him to sit outside and wait for police.

Brown soon began to cry and told the man he was sorry for his actions.

During proceedings in the Warwick District Court yesterday, Brown reiterated his regret from the dock and apologised to his victim, who was seated in the gallery.

Judge David Andrews told Brown that burglary carried a maximum penalty of life behind bars, so as to allow people to feel safe in their homes.

He said the victim and his family were still struggling and "are fearful that someone like (Brown) can break into their home and threaten them or a member of their family".

Mr Andrews accepted Brown was remorseful for the attack.

The court heard the young father of one had a minor criminal history, all of which revolved around alcohol.

Brown yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one of assault occasioning bodily harm.

He was placed on a 12-month intensive correctional order, which is also known as jail in the community and carries stringent conditions.

Topics:  apology, burglar, home invasion, warwick district court




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