Teen sent to prison for burglary

HE didn’t wield the knife and he didn’t throw the punch, but that didn’t stop Daniel Scott Coleman being sentenced to a maximum four years’ jail for his role in a Tweed Heads mugging and a Kingscliff burglary last year.

Coleman, 19, currently of Grafton jail, on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court to robbing a man at Tweed Heads West on August 8 last year with a group of other people and, a day later, with breaking into the News at Kingscliff newsagency.

The court heard Coleman and several other people jumped from a car at Tweed Heads West to mug a man walking on the footpath.

One of the group punched the man while another menaced him with a knife before they made off with a satchel containing two laptop computers and a wallet containing $5 cash.

The following night, between August 9 and 10, 2008, Coleman broke into the newsagency searching for cash to feed his drug habit. He found none.

The court heard police had not yet brought a case against the people Coleman named as his co-offenders.

The reason they had charged Coleman was because he handed himself in and admitted to the offences.

Judge James Black sentenced Coleman to four years’ prison, with a 30-month non-parole period, for the robbery; and two years’ prison for the burglary. His sentences were backdated to December 25 last year as time already served.



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