Parole granted for smashing cafe
A HERVEY Bay man who broke into an Esplanade cafe and stole several hundred dollars cash has been released on parole after appearing in court on a burglary charge.
James Raymond Burrows smashed his way through the weatherboard wall of Enzo’s cafe at Scarness on October 11.
He rummaged through the office, tried to open a safe using a small sledgehammer and then stole two mobile phones, a $400 cash float and jars of coins.
Burrows appeared in custody in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence.
The court heard Burrows had an extensive criminal history and had served time in jail.
He was not keen on going back.
Defence barrister Sarah Laikind said Burrows had suffered from a mental illness but his condition had stabilised.
He had moved to Hervey Bay from Cairns with his partner and child so he could be closer to his terminally ill father.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell sentenced Burrows to 10 months jail but gave him immediate parole.