Uninvited visitor in family home

WHILE a family of four lay in bed sound asleep, an uninvited and extremely intoxicated visitor let himself in and made himself at home.

Police said Joshua John Snow, 19, had gone to the Fisher Road home after drinking all afternoon at the Gympie races on October 23.

It was believed Snow's mother had lived at the premises many years ago and in his drunken state, Snow thought she was still there.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Snow got into the house through a garage and went to the kitchen where he rummaged through some papers and used a cordless phone to make a call.

She said Snow took his shirt off and left it on the kitchen bench then found a set of car keys which he used to drive the car to where he lived at Nash Road. Snow returned the vehicle the next day and apologised to the owner saying he drank too much however, police had been called about the stolen car and Snow was requested to attend the Gympie Police Station for an interview.

He admitted entering the house and taking the car but couldn't recall how it came about. He was charged with entering a dwelling to commit and indictable offence and for unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins said his client's behaviour was “extremely odd and totally out of character”.

“He remembers talking to his father on the phone... but he doesn't know what happened,” he said.

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said it was a lesson to everyone how easy it was to lose control and told Snow about a similar matter, except the fellow got into a bed.

“The problem was, in the bed was a seven year-old girl's,” she said.

Snow, of Tamaree, was placed on probation for six months with no conviction recorded.

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