Man convicted on break and enter
“GUILTY, Your Honour,” a 48-year-old man said when he was asked by a Gympie magistrate how he pleaded to a charge of breaking and entering with intent.
Robert Bruce MacDonald had broken into a house on Traveston Road on February 25 and left his blood behind in one of the rooms.
When the owner returned to find a smashed window at the rear of the house, a police forensics team investigated and matched the blood’s DNA to MacDonald.
MacDonald told the court he and another man had staked out the house and spotted a gun safe through a window. He admitted to wanting to steal it but had been unable to do so.
Magistrate Barry Barrett told Gympie Court there was nothing similar on MacDonald’s criminal history.
“Whilst you have a history, there are no property offences (listed),” he said and ordered MacDonald, of William Street, Imbil, to pay $100 in compensation for the damage. MacDonald was also fined $500.