Decision: Conditional Sentence Order
The accused was charged with 5 commercial break and entering’s over a 3 month period. The accused was released on bail given the try able issues, and release plan proposed by counsel.
To the credit of the accused he made significant progress with his issues with addiction and reengaged with his mother and son who became significant motivators for him in his life. Counsel detailed the accused aboriginal background; progress while released on bail, and individual circumstances to negotiate a Conditional Sentence Order.
The accused had received significant real jail sentences for similar offences on two previous occasions. He likely faced a federal jail sentence if he had been convicted.
The accused continues to remain in the community without returning to the criminal justice system to date.