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Convicted burglar initially relocated to Qld for new start

A 42-YEAR-OLD man convicted of store burglaries in Warwick had a "shocking history" of offending in his native South Australia and had moved to Queensland for a fresh start, a court has heard.

David John Brook appeared in custody to plead guilty to the break-ins of Tackle and Tusk, Liquor Legends on the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts and the cigarette shop next door between December 20 and 29.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Alistair Windsor told Toowoomba Magistrates Court Brook was found in Fitzroy St soon after the burglaries and had two small knives in his trousers.

One of those knives was identified as having been stolen in the Tackle and Tusk burglary, he said.

Police then searched Brook's residence and found a number of items including fishing reels and sunglasses which had also been stolen in the burglary.

Snr Const Windsor said Brook had gained access to the buildings via the roof and telephone lines had been cut in the process.

His solicitor Shane MacDonald told the court his client had suffered a very difficult upbringing and had been living on the streets from the age of 13 and was a ward of the state from 14.

Brook had been diagnosed with a number of mental health issues for which he had been medicated "on and off" for years, he said.

He had moved to Queensland for a "new start" and had moved to Warwick where he had friends.

At the time of these offences his client had been on a five-day drinking binge and had little recollection of events, Mr MacDonald submitted.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Brook had a "shocking history" of offending in South Australia dating back to 1998 but accepted "a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then".

Taking into account the 17 days Brook had spent in custody, Mr Schemioneck placed him on 12 months' probation.

Topics:  burglaries, offender, relocated, robber, start, warwick




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