Home invader jailed for a year
A HEROIN addict has been jailed for a violent home invasion at Tweed Heads which he committed three weeks after being released on parole.
Luke Anthony Coleman, 19, was released on parole into the custody of his mother on July 15 after serving almost two years behind bars in both Queensland and NSW for a string of break and enters.
The court heard on August 5, Coleman broke into the Norvill residence on Crystal Waters Dr at Tweed Heads between 9am and 9.20am and stole a pair of Nike shoes.
When Bradley Norvill and David Norvill, who were upstairs at the time, heard Coleman they went downstairs to investigate and a struggle ensued.
Coleman broke free and made a run for it but the Norvill brothers chased and crash tackled him, pinning him to the ground until police arrived.
Coleman's Legal Aid defence solicitor argued that due to the fact her client had served almost two years in custody for similar offences he only deserved a minimal custodial term.
But Magistrate Jeff Linden disagreed.
"But it only took him three weeks to do it again," he said.
The court heard Coleman, who left school in Year 8 had learning difficulties and was introduced to heroin by his cousin when he was 14.
He began using the drug and by the time he was 15 was using both heroin and speed.
In sentencing Coleman, Mr Linden said he had "quite an unenviable record of matters of this type and others."
He sentenced Coleman to 12 months prison on the charge of aggravated break and enter and commit a serious indictable offence, with a non-parole period of four months.
He also sentenced Coleman to one month jail, to be served concurrently, for breaching his good behaviour bond.
Coleman will be eligible for release on December 4 after Mr Linden back-dated his sentence to the date he was arrested.