Man stole, committed indecent act

A SOUTHSIDE man was placed on probation for nine months when he appeared in Gympie Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with committing offences against female “friends”.

Craig McLean, 20, of Lilly Street was charged with stealing $800 from one woman and entering the home of another where he committed an indecent act in her bedroom.

McLean pleaded guilty to charges of stealing and entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence, saying alcohol contributed to the way he behaved.

“The nature of the (charge) is embarrassing... my client has had to sober up to that fact,” solicitor Chris Anderson said.

“He knows now he has to stop before his drinking gets out of control.”

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court McLean entered the home of a friend while she was away on April 23.

When the woman returned home she found muddy footprints in thehouse and followed them to her bedroom where she discovered that her underwear had been removed from a drawer and left on her bed.

On the floor was a substance that appeared to be semen, which was wiped up and given to police as evidence. A neighbour also provided a description of the offender, which led police to McLean.

When questioned and told of the evidence, McLean admitted to entering the woman’s home through an unlocked door.

He said he took underwear from the drawer, sat on the side of the bed and masturbated.

Snr Const Manns told the court the stealing charge involved another friend of McLean’s.

She said the woman left her home unlocked on April 10 and later found $800 missing from her jewellery box.

The court heard it was believed McLean had seen where she put her money before it went missing and, on that particular day, the complainant saw him walking towards her home when she was leaving. McLean admitted to taking the money and that he spent it all on alcohol that night.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said the offences showed McLean’s lack of respect for females.

Gympie Times

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