News

'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




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Allora on show for Autumn Festival

HERITAGE: Allora Autumn Festival will showcase the town’s vintage charm.

Head to Allora this weekend for quirky Autumn Festival

Warwick VSASA wins funding

News

Govt grant will help honour memory of Veterans

Dream match in Warwick netball for Vanessa Bryson

Warwick netball player/coach and umpire Renae O'Dea.

Renae O'Dea talks netball in her weekly chat in Daily News

Latest deals and offers


Tom works out

The Voyage Fitness crew help Tom hardy with his workout.

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Mayor: confidence is key to filling empty shops

Former Destination Southern Downs business implementation manager Tracy Dobie has announced she will be running for Mayor. Photo Contributed

Dobie to lead economic development committee

Warwick commercial property market in ‘decline’

The old Mango camping store on Albion St is for sale/lease at the moment. It's been empty since late February after housing the camping business for 10 years.

Business confidence affects commercial property sales

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.