Man pleads guilty to $10,000 Beresford burglary

Jon SolmundsonGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Courthouse.
Camera IconGeraldton Courthouse. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 in jewellery, cash and electrical goods from a Beresford home in January.

Christopher John Farrell began his string of offences on Christmas Day 2016, when he smashed a window in Yalgoo, causing $600 worth of damage.

On New Year’s Day, with an accomplice, Farrell broke into the Yalgoo Hotel and stole $1200 in cash, plus $300 worth of alcohol and cigarettes.

The Beresford burglary took place on January 13, and by January 17, police had caught up to Farrell in Bluff Point.

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In the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last week, police prosecutor Carey Owen said Farrell had just committed two burglaries, and knew the police were looking for him, so he provided a false name to the officers who questioned him – incurring another offence.

Farrell pleaded guilty to criminal damage, aggravated home burglary, aggravated burglary, stealing, stealing more than $10,000 from a home and giving false details to police.

Farrell was fined $300 and ordered to pay restitution on the criminal damage, and fined $200 for giving false details to police.

He will be sentenced in the District Court on August 7 for the other four offences.

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