Homeless teen in ski mask terrorised woman 'he called mum'
A HOMELESS 19-year-old man has faced court for a number of offences, including terrorising his great aunt in her own home while wearing a ski mask.
Joshua Wayne Gray's first offence this year was breaking into a vacant Eileen St property and squatting there for a month with other vagrants, causing extensive damage.
Police drove the squatters out on June 1, disturbing five or six men and a woman who fled to a nearby vehicle and escaped.
Graffiti, smashed walls, and evidence of sleeping and cooking at the premises was observed, police prosecutor Narelle Krushka told the court.
Gray was interviewed by police and released.
On June 21, police were called to a Mattheson St address, where Gray had sold or damaged property of the victim while she had been out of town for a weekend.
On June 28 he appeared at his great aunt's home, dressed in black, wearing a ski mask. He stared at the victim, and "got on top of" his female friend who had entered the premises, in the victim's bedroom.
The victim eventually persuaded him to leave; he released her dogs as he did so.
Police intercepted, questioned Gray regarding his bizarre behaviour on July 24, and released him on bail.
Gray's aunt received a temporary protection order, which Gray breached, prompting police to arrest him on October 26.
Magistrate Kay Ryan said she was "appalled" by Gray's acting out.
"To treat a person, who you call your mum, who raised you, in that way...is appalling," she said.
"I consider that breach with the ski mask would have been terrifying.
"If you have mental health disorders, you should be treated for it, not taking it out on other people."
Gray was found guilty of four property-related offences, two contraventions of domestic violence orders and a failure to appear.
He was put on two years' probation, with no conviction recorded due to age and clear record.