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Fingerprints identify neighbour's son as robber

BREAKING into his mum's neighbour's house looking for drugs, but stealing DVDs, has left a young man on probation.

Blake Joshua Hammond, 20, pleaded guilty yesterday at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to breaking and entering.

On May 19, 2010, Hammond broke into a Brisbane Rd, Ebbw Vale address next door to his mother's house.

He was looking for drugs to take, but finding none left the building with two DVDs.

The court heard Hammond was heard rustling around inside the house by the resident.

A forensic examination of the house found fingerprints which were matched to Hammond after analysis.

The court heard Hammond wasn't found by police until this year after being identified for the offence from the fingerprints.

Magistrate Terry Gardiner said Hammond's actions constituted a serious offence.

"This is serious because it involves someone's private house," he said.

"People are entitled to not have people breaking into their houses."

Mr Gardiner ordered Hammond serve eight months of probation and pay $40 restitution for the stolen DVDs.

Topics:  breaking and entering, ipswich magistrates court




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