Burglar stole $20,000 worth of goods to fund addiction

A SERIAL burglar stole up to $20,000 worth of personal belongings to fuel a long-standing heroin addiction.

Christian George Morris, 38, faced Ipswich District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary, stealing, fraud and wilful damage.

The court heard the offences were committed between January and June last year when Morris was addicted to drugs and would steal goods to pawn them for cash.

Morris entered suburban homes in Ipswich and stole electrical goods, jewellery, perfume, cigarettes and cash.

Prosecutors said he took items that were likely to sell.

After police arrested and charged him on June 16 last year, Morris spent eight months in custody until he was released on bail on February 15.

Judge Greg Koppenol took this time already served into account when sentencing Morris to two-and-half years' prison and released him on immediate parole.

The court heard Morris's offending was a case of "history repeating itself" as he had already committed similar crimes in the past and been convicted of similar dishonesty offences.

"The future is in your hands now," Judge Koppenol told Morris.

The judge gave Morris credit for his efforts at rehabilitating himself since being arrested and released from prison, but said Morris's offending was serious.

The court heard that Morris stole and pawned up to $20,000 worth of personal belongings from Ipswich homes.

Judge Koppenol noted this was Morris' 18th time before the courts and how difficult it was for drug addicts to kick the habit.

His partner and three teenage girls were at the courthouse on Monday for his sentencing.



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