Rockingham: community service for man who wore clown mask during attempted burglary

A MAN who wore a creepy clown mask as a disguise during a burglary will have to do 150 hours community service .

Brett Antony Brian Potter pleaded guilty to attempted burglary with intent in a dwelling when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on December 2.

The prosecutor said the incident happened on April 8 at 2.30pm in Secret Harbour.

Potter had scaled his own back fence to gain access to a neighbour’s yard while wearing gloves, a clown mask and carrying a bag of tools.

He approached the toilet window of the home where he began removing the window seal to try to gain access.

While doing this the homeowner came home and shouted at Potter, who ran away and jumped another neighbour’s fence.

He left the bag of tools by the toilet window and a small kitchen knife was found in the other neighbour’s backyard where he ran to escape.

Potter was later identified through DNA left on that knife and arrested on October 11.

His lawyer said Potter had ongoing drug issues at the time and he had pleaded early to the offence.

He said he had taken it upon himself to engage his own rehabilitation including drug and alcohol counselling and group sessions.

He said he had been clean since his arrest 11 weeks ago and as he had been on drugs since the age of 12 his family were very proud of his efforts to stop.

He asked for an order as Potter had strong prospects for further rehabilitation.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins agreed that Potter appeared to be motivated to stop using drugs.

“However someone who thinks it’s alright to cover their face with a clown mask and try break into someone’s home has no regard for others,” she said.

“I hope you have some recognition of what impact that would have had on the home owner.

“They are entitled to feel safe and not have people like you break in just because they have a drug habit.

“You only left after you were disturbed and you only came forward after you were identified through your DNA.”

She sentenced him to an Intensive Supervision Order for 12 months with 150 community service hours, drugs programs and regular urine analysis.