Burnside man Adrian Nash, 30, was today sentenced to four years in prison.
Burnside man Adrian Nash, 30, was today sentenced to four years in prison. Contributed

Burglar jailed for robbing home while man slept

A DRUG user who stole more than $80,000 worth of equipment from a construction site and robbed a home while the resident slept inside will spend the next year in jail.

Adrian Nash, 30, was yesterday sentenced to four years jail, to be suspended after 12 months, for his role in the break-ins at Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach in September last year.

Maroochydore District Court heard the Burnside man was the ring leader of a group who smashed a window to get inside a building at a civil construction site at Peregian, where they stole property worth $81,000.

They then went on to scale a fence enclosing a three-storey home at Coolum some time after 10.30pm on September 19, entered the home where the resident was sleeping, and stole a car, financial records and a cheque book.

The stolen vehicle was found at Nambour Plaza Shopping Centre the next day, with some of the stolen property inside, and a cheque from the stolen book, made out to Nash for $3742.

All but about $200 of the stolen property from the construction site was recovered.

Crown prosecutor Sam Bain said Nash had a long history of dishonesty offences, from stealing copper piping and aluminium in the Toowoomba area in 2008 and selling it on, to pawning relatively small amounts of tainted property to Cash Converters in Maroochydore in 2012, and possessing tools that had been stolen from a construction site in 2011.

He was on probation for drug offences when the break-ins happened.

Defence barrister David James said Nash had been introduced to marijuana at an early age, and progressed to using methamphetamine.

He said Nash had taken positive steps to get off drugs since the start of the year.

Judge John Robertson said references tendered to the court explained Nash was drug-free for the first time in a long time, was in a good relationship and had a job.

Nash had pleaded guilty to the serious charges of entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, the unlawful use of a vehicle and attempted fraud.

Judge Robertson sentenced him to four years in prison, suspended after serving 12 months, with the remainder to hang over his head for five years.

"Prison is not a place in which, unless you're motivated, you'll find great support for rehabilitation," he said.

"So you'll have to be vigilant to ensure that you don't get involved again in drugs whilst in the custodial centre."


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