Man smashes Roma niece’s window to grab car keys
A man who left his belongings in his niece’s house in Roma has been sentenced for smashing a window with a chair to get them out while she was away at Mitchell.
Anthony James Lake’s niece told the 53-year-old to stay at the ‘top end’ of Roma for when she was away, but he gave her a call at 2pm on September 13, 2020, telling her he would smash a window to get in.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the Charleville Magistrates Court on March 9, 2021 that the niece didn’t think too much of it, but she contacted another person to check on the house anyway.
They found the window had indeed been smashed and sent a photo to Lake’s niece.
“She informed [Lake] to stay away from the house that night because he didn’t want anyone to be at her house when she’s not there,” Sergeant Boodnikoff said.
Lake went down to Mitchell to speak with his niece, telling her he wanted to get his car keys.
The incident was reported to police on October 15 and Lake told them he didn't have permission to smash the window.
“He told police he was drunk and doesn’t recall too much,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.
“When he was shown the photo of the smashed window, he had told police that he had thrown a chair from the outside of the house and he had jumped inside to get his belongings out.”
Solicitor Laurie Parker said Lake did not shy away from the fact it was caused by alcohol.
He said Lake had a 6-page criminal history and a teenage son.
Magistrate Peter Saggers said the smashed window caused an inconvenience to the tenant and the homeowner.
“But she said don't do it, don't come to the house, don't break the window,” Magistrate Saggers said.
“If you’ve got an issue with alcohol, you’re 54 this year, that’s something you need to sort out yourself.”
Lake pleaded guilty to trespass and wilful damage and was fined $400, ordered to pay $153.40 for the broken window, and had the conviction recorded.