Teen jailed on seven charges
WARWICK teenager Jamie Michael Williams has been sentenced to three and a half years jail for a number of offences, including one related to the sexual assault of a woman while she was sleeping in her bed.
Williams appeared in the Toowoomba District Court for sentencing yesterday on seven charges, including sexual assault, break and enter and stealing.
A number of the charges resulted from an incident on March 25 of this year, when Williams and another man forcefully gained entry to a local business and caused significant damage.
The pair was heard to have jemmied open the sliding door of the store with a screwdriver before opening a cigarette case and removing the till.
On charges five and six, related to the sexual assault and breaking and entering to commit an offence, Williams was sentenced to three and a half years jail, but will be eligible for parole on March 26, 2012; 144 days of pre-sentence custody was deemed time already served.
For the remaining five charges Williams was sentenced to 12 months jail, which is to be served concurrently.
The 18-year-old appeared in custody before Toowoomba District Court last month where he pleaded guilty to the charges of stealing, attempted stealing and burglary.
During the proceedings last month it was heard that one of the burglaries involved a woman waking in her bed to find a near-naked Williams touching her sexually.
The crown prosecutor conceded that although Williams had a history of property offences, it was the first time a break-in offence had included the sexual assault of a woman and asked that his sentence hearing be adjourned to yesterday so a pre-sentence report, including a psychological assessment could be obtained before the teen being sentenced.
Judge Milton Griffin said the sexual assault was “very concerning” and agreed to the application.