Burglar sentenced but also commended: Rockingham Magistrates Court

MAGISTRATE Jennifer Amanda Hawkins has condemned a man for burgling a home but also commended him for changing his life.

Taylor Lance Bainbridge pleaded guilty at the Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 16 to a charge each of burglary and stealing, .

The prosecutor said Bainbridge was charged on January 9 this year for robbing a home in Rockingham.

He said a window had been smashed and forensics identified Bainbridge through fingerprints left on the window.

Bainbridge made full admissions after his arrest and said he was in a bad place at the time.

He took two safes from the home and drilled through each, pulling out $1600 in cash. The value of the safes was $150.

Bainbridge’s lawyer said the facts were accepted and that he was in a bad place with drugs and people he was associating with.

He said he had turned his life around as he now had full-time care of his child and he worked seven days a week.

The lawyer said Bainbridge was happy it was uncovered and he had made full admissions.

Magistrate Hawkins said it was not low-end offending due to the $1750 theft.

Bainbridge said he could pay the amount back but not in full.

“It is highly mitigatory to you that you are back to a normal life,” the magistrate said.

“Can you do some community work to pay back society?”

“Yep, I can do whatever you want your honour,” he replied.

“It is an early plea on old charges that were uncovered by way of data matching,” she said.

“It happened from people leading you astray and your use of drugs.

“Burglaries are serious, not due to the amounts taken, but because it is a breach of trust and people feel unsafe in their home for a long time afterwards.

“No underlying treatment so I am going to get you to repay your debt to the community through a community-based order. It is serious and you will repay the victim $1750.”