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30-year-old in jail again after facing court for the 72nd time

CAREER CRIMINAL: Aaron Lance Murphy has faced court for the 72nd time.
CAREER CRIMINAL: Aaron Lance Murphy has faced court for the 72nd time. Contributed

IPSWICH District Court judge Greg Koppenol had only one word to describe Aaron Lance Murphy's criminal history - shocking.

Murphy, 30, has just faced criminal court for the 72nd time.

The latest sentence was handed down when the Ipswich father of seven pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking, robbery in company with personal violence and other offences.

During sentencing, Judge Koppenol could not help but remind Murphy of his long criminal history.

"You committed your first offence when you were just 10," he said.

"You've committed an offence every year since then, except in 2006 when you were imprisoned for assault occasioning bodily harm.

"It really is a shocking criminal history."

Crown prosecutor Matthew Le Grand said that, as a child, Murphy was convicted of 29 property offences and 10 offences of violence.

The charges included breaking and entering, wilful damage and common assault.

His criminal conduct continued into adulthood with 20 more property offences and various violent offences.

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"Murphy's history indicates he is a person who is prepared to take or damage property that does not belong to him, despite repeated interventions from the court," Mr Le Grand said.

Regarding his latest offences, Mr Le Grand told the court how Murphy had stalked a 15-year-old schoolgirl on her way to school.

The incident occurred at Goodna station about 8am on October 31 last year.

Murphy, accompanied by another man, approached the girl and began making sexually charged remarks. He asked her if she wanted to go into an alley with him.

Mr Le Grand said the encounter made the girl feel very anxious.

When she boarded her train, Murphy got into the same carriage and followed her when she got out at Richlands and went to a nearby cafe.

The girl alerted an employee at the cafe who called the police.

About four weeks later on December 2, Murphy was involved in a home invasion that left an elderly man in hospital.

The 70-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife were finishing dinner at their Brassall home when Murphy, accompanied by two others, forced his way in.

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Murphy made his way to a bedroom where the owners continued to tell him and the other two men to leave the property.

Murphy grabbed some watches before the victim attempted to reclaim the stolen property.

A struggle ensued and Murphy pushed the victim over. The 70-year-old sustained cuts to his legs and arms.

Murphy tried to escape by running through nearby properties. Police found him hiding under a table in another backyard.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said Murphy's offences had been precipitated by alcohol and drugs.

Mr Kissick said despite Murphy's criminal history there had been long periods where his client had kept out of trouble.

"...And then he will drink, he will use drugs and he will offend," Mr Kissick said.

"It's something that he has to address.

"Since he's been an adult, though, his criminal history shows a real slowing down."

Judge Koppenol last week sentenced Murphy to three years jail with a parole release date of January 25.

"You're really going to have to work hard when you are released from jail," Judge Koppenol said.

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Aaron Murphy has been convicted of:

  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle
  • Breaking and entering
  • Stealing
  • Wilful damage
  • Common assault
  • Serious assault
  • Robbery with personal violence
  • Burglary
  • Assault occasioning bodily harm
  • Unlawful stalking
  • Robbery in company with personal violence

Topics:  ipswich district court, robbery, unlawful stalking



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