Brain-damaged glue sniffer given good behaviour bond
A MAN who smashed his way into a store with his friends and left a trail of blood for the police to track him down has been given a good behaviour bond in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
Byron Adrian Orr-Harris pleaded guilty to the offence, but was given the lenient penalty due to having brain damage from glue sniffing.
Orr-Harris' lawyer Craig Ryan said his client had no memory of the crime, which occurred on December 13, 2010.
The case has been delayed many times since then, and Mr Ryan said Orr-Harris had no previous offences or any since.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted this otherwise clean criminal history, and also Orr-Harris' mental issues due to glue sniffing.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Orr-Harris was identified by the police through CCTV footage and blood he left on the scene of the crime.
Orr-Harris smashed through the glass door of Boundary Oasis in Wondunna about 12.15am, and his companions unsuccessfully attempted to break into the store's cigarette safe. A small sum of cash was stolen from the till.
Mr Tatnell said he would normally consider a heavier penalty for this sort of offence, but in Orr-Harris' case felt a 12-month good behaviour bond was sufficient.