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Thief robbing house rammed his way out after being parked in

AFTER being parked in by the woman whose house he was robbing, Matthew Patrick Hill used his car to ram his way out of the driveway.

Hill, 31, was sentenced in the Ipswich District Court yesterday over a number of charges including burglary, serious assault while armed, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and failing to stop a motor vehicle.

Hill was involved in a series of burglaries in 2012 and 2013 across Ipswich and Brisbane in which he was regularly caught red handed.

The court heard on June 28, 2012 Hill and a co-offender broke into a Fig Tree Pocket house where they filled a cricket bag with stolen items. However, during their robbery the resident of the house returned home and saw they were inside.

She parked the thieves' car in and went next door to call the police. The two rammed their way out of the driveway with another car doing serious damage to the other vehicle.

In September 2013, just 20 days after being released on parole, Hill then broke into the Goodna house of a school teacher as the man was getting ready for work.

The man confronted Hill and chased him into the garage of the house where Hill pulled out a screwdriver and threatened the man. He then stole the teacher's wallet, watches, jewellery, and car.

On another occasion Hill was fleeing from police in Goodna and broke into a child care centre to hide in a shed. During the chase he was armed with a hammer and a knife and threatened to kill himself.

He also fled police in cars where he refused to pull over.

Judge Deborah Richards said the "brazenness" of Hill's offending caused her concern.

The court heard he had already spent 167 days behind bars on the charges, and was committed to reuniting with his family and kicking his drug habit.

Judge Richards sentenced him to serve three years prison. He will be released in October.

Topics:  burglary, ipswich district court, serious assault



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