THE second offender of a pair that broke in to an elderly Leda man’s residence in March and injured him in the process has faced court.
Ronita Simpson (34) appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on June 8 where she pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft.
Geordie Yates (24) was sentenced on April 9 at the same court to two years imprisonment and is eligible for parole.
The prosecutor said the incident happened at 6.50pm on March 18 when Bill Anglesey was home alone.
Yates kicked in the door of Mr Anglesey’s kitchen/garage entry and the door struck Mr Anglesey’s foot causing deep lacerations.
He then went through the house taking a set of keys.
Simpson remained outside and acted as a ‘lookout’.
When police later searched a home in Medina they found the stolen set of keys and clothes worn by the pair during the incident.
Simpson told police she “wanted some coins for a bus fare to Geraldton” as the reason for the burglary.
The pair was charged by Rockingham Police on March 21.
Simpson’s lawyer said the facts were admitted and Simpson had written a letter to the Magistrate expressing her remorse.
She had no similar offences on her record.
But the prosecutor asked for a prison sentence because of the significant injury suffered by Mr Anglesey.
Magistrate Vivien Edwards said Yates was the principle offender.
“It was a burglary on a home and the victim was a vulnerable old man and you weren’t the principle offender,” she said.
“I accept that you are very remorseful for doing it; this offending is out of character.
“You have treatment needs and would benefit from programs in the community.”
She placed her on a conditional suspended imprisonment order of seven months, suspended for nine months with programs and urine analysis requirements.