No bail for teen burglar

Two burglaries, boat theft and ganja offences admitted

Eric Dexter Evans, 17, was remanded in custody on Tuesday, although his attorney brought a proposed schedule of school and work experience to court to show how Evans could use his time until sentencing.

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall refused bail and asked for an early social inquiry report so that sentencing could take place on 17 January. Coincidentally, that date is Evans’ 18th birthday.

Minutes earlier, Evans had elected to have all of his matters dealt with in Summary Court and he entered all guilty pleas.

According to a summary of facts set out by Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees last week, a boat was stolen on 24 November from a dock on Patrick’s Island where it had been moored. The owner was informed that someone resembling Evans had been seen on board the vessel, a 3500 Ocean Runner with a 25 horsepower Mercury engine. Its value 
was $9,200.

The next day, 25 November, police were called by a member of Evans’ family regarding drug offences. They attended and Evans admitted possession and consumption of ganja. Spoken to about the boat, he said he had taken it for a joy ride. Evans was given 
police bail.

On 1 December, a residence in Evans’ neighbourhood was burgled after a screen was taken out of a kitchen window. An Xbox valued at $325 and an iPod valued at $179 were reported stolen. Suspicion fell on Evans and he was spoken to. He initially denied the offence, but then admitted it and the items were recovered 
from his home.

As officers searched his home, they also recovered items from another burglary, which had occurred on 24 November at a residence in the South Sound area. Evans admitted removing a screen and entering at the rear of the house, then breaking a lock on a bedroom door to steal a watch valued at $280 and a camcorder valued at $550. Ms Lees objected to bail on the basis that the defendant was likely to continue offending.

Attorney John Furniss indicated that Evans was having certain problems at home, but he could stay with another relative.

The magistrate pointed out that one offence had been committed while on bail for another and bail is not an entitlement for an offence such as burglary.

She said she was unclear how conflict with a family member would cause this type of offending and she did not see how a change of address would affect his behaviour.

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