Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Man Pleads Guilty to 29 Charges, Jailed for Six Months

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Man Pleads Guilty to 29 Charges, Jailed for Six Months

Article excerpt

JAMES Edward Abraham used snipers to cut an opening in an air conditioning vent on a roof to break inside a Rockhampton chemist.

Once inside the 38-year-old stole pseudoephedrine-based tablets, an active ingredient for illicit drugs.

It was only one month earlier police had located a clandestine drug laboratory inside his Glenlee home a the same home he caused $15,000 worth of damage to as a tenant.

On Monday Abraham pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to 29 offences, including wilful damage, robbery and possessing dangerous drugs.

He was sentenced to six months jail, to be released in June, as he had already served 39 days in pre-sentence custody.

Police caught Abraham on February 14.

After finding the drug laboratory on December 19 they also found the home severely damaged.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kay Schick said there were holes in the walls, doors damaged and fly screens removed.

It would cost about $15,000 to repair, but no order for restitution was made because an official quote had not been obtained. …

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