Rockingham: Magistrate tells man he will ‘die in prison’ if he doesn’t curb life of crime after sentencing him to jail

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man was told he would live a miserable life and die in prison if he did not turn his life around.

Appearing via videolink from Casuarina Prison, Christopher Tristan Brown pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, burglary, breach of bail, stealing and giving false details at Rockingham Magistrates Court on July 3.

He was earlier sentenced to 18 months prison in the District Court on June 30.

He pleaded guilty to burglary where he stole $30,000 in cash along with $15,000 worth of computers and jewellery from a home in Rockingham on July 20, 2015.

The items and cash were not recovered.

He forced his way into the home using screwdrivers found at the scene.

He was identified by DNA left on the screwdrivers.

No-one was home at the time of the burglary.

The prosecutor said Brown had forced a flywire window while trying to break into a Safety Bay home on October 12, 2016 and was identified through fingerprints left at the scene.

More than a year earlier on July 9, 2015 he had broken into a Rockingham home where he stole jewellery.

Most was recovered except two pieces valued at $50 after a member of the public found it dumped at a nearby park.

His lawyer said Brown was 18 at the time, that most of his family were in Melbourne and he was using meth and was homeless.

Magistrate Michael Wheeler said Brown needed to change.

“Its sad you got yourself into this situation, but you got yourself into it unless you turn it around,” he said.

“Otherwise you’ll spend a miserable life in prison until you die.”

Magistrate Smith sentenced him to a concurrent two year sentence with his 18 month sentence.

It was backdated to reflect the eight months he had already spent in custody since October 29, 2016 and he is eligible for parole.

He was also fined $200 and ordered to pay $50 to the victim of the jewellery theft.

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