Christmas in jail, not again
A DRUNKEN toilet break in the grounds of a primary school has seen a parolee with a growing criminal history jailed over Christmas for the second year in a row.
Blake Shane Halcrow and two of his friends stopped in at Warwick Central School during a night of drinking on December 18.
The Warwick Magistrates Court heard the trio quickly came to the attention of police and, when they realised they had been spotted, Halcrow and his friends ran.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Halcrow jumped several fences to escape police and later admitted to being in the school grounds to urinate.
Following his arrest over the incident, Halcrow was placed on a curfew which prohibited him from leaving his home between 9pm and 7am.
The day after being released on bail, police located the Warwick man walking his dog along Pratten St at 11.30pm and in breach of his bail.
Halcrow, who the court heard was on parole for wilful damage and obstructing police, was taken into custody on December 23 for breaching his parole.
His court appearance this week was made by video link from jail and the 22-year-old was supported in the court room by his mother.
He pleaded guilty to trespass, obstruct police and breaching bail and was sentenced to one month jail.
Halcrow is eligible to apply for parole immediately but it will likely take some time for his application to be heard by the parole board.
The situation is one that is all too familiar for Halcrow, who was jailed for three months over Christmas in 2012. The then 21-year-old and an accomplice pleaded guilty to a number of vehicle break-ins across the city and of one business break-in.