Aggravated Burglary, Theft, and Burglary
The client had been charged with 2 sets of offences. The first, was an aggravated burglary, where he had entered a residential premises at night, and stolen over $5,000 worth of goods. There were residents sleeping inside, including two 14 year old girls. He entered the bedroom while they slept, and stole items from the room.
The next incident involved a burglary of a residential premises, where he and a co-accused entered a locked garage, stole alcohol and cigarettes before returning and gaining entry to the gun safe, and removing a rifle and ammunition. The security system was removed by them, and destroyed. These stolen items were valued at over $3,000. The rifle was not recovered.
Our client faced charges of:
- Aggravated Burglary
There had previously been a plea done in the Magistrates’ Court where the client had received a term of imprisonment of 15 months, with 9 months to serve before being eligible for parole.
Kristina Kothrakis appeared on his behalf at the County Court for the Appeal. Submissions were focused on persuading the Judge not to impose an immediate term of imprisonment.
The client was still a young person of 20 years. He had battled with alcohol dependence, and significant behavioural problems throughout his adolescence and early adulthood. Since the commission of the offences, he had made genuine efforts to rehabilitate himself. He sought alcohol counselling, and gained full time employment.
The Appeal was ultimately successful. He was resentenced on the aggravated burglary to 15 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 2 years. On the burglary and theft charges, he was placed on a Community Based Order for 2 years.
Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.
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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013