Phillip John Ahwang, 17, of Slade Point faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to burglary.
Phillip John Ahwang, 17, of Slade Point faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to burglary. Facebook

Teen on probation after home ransacked

A SLADE Point homeowner sprang three burglars donned in balaclavas and gloves rifling through his belongings.

Days later, one of the men responsible for the burglary was facing the music in a Mackay court.

Phillip John Ahwang, 17, and two co-accused individuals entered the yard of the home by way of a beach access path, Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

Pulling on gloves and balaclavas, they then removed window louvres and one entered the home, unlocking the front door for the others.

A messy search ensued, in which Ahwang and the co-accused tore through the home in search of valuables.

They settled on a selection of alcohol, but were interrupted before anything else was stolen, the court was told.

The homeowner called the police and officers later found Ahwang and his co-accused in the Slade Point area.

The young Slade Point man pleaded guilty on Monday to entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence on July 20.

Ahwang's crime was detailed in Mackay Magistrates Court by prosecutor Shelby Larcombe.

She said Ahwang had no adult criminal history and told police he entered the premises to find items to sell for drugs.

Phillip John Ahwang as pictured on his Facebook page. The 17-year-old has been convicted of a burglary in Slade Point.
Phillip John Ahwang as pictured on his Facebook page. The 17-year-old has been convicted of a burglary in Slade Point. Facebook

However, Ahwang's defence solicitor Chris Colwill said Ahwang disputed the claim he broke into the home to fund his drug use.

"Mr Ahwang tells me in his own words he's made a stupid, silly mistake," he said.

He's made full admissions to police, he's co-operated with the police, your honour, and it is the earliest plea he can enter.

"The only part he doesn't agree with in the facts is the part where ... he stole the alcohol to sell it to buy drugs. He certainly needed the money, but it wasn't to buy drugs ... he tells me it was to buy food, essential necessities."

Mr Colwill said Ahwang had been trying to obtain a job in retail or as a butcher and felt embarrassed and ashamed about his behaviour on July 20.

The lawyer added that Ahwang had been talked into the burglary by a co-accused person and that "financial issues" motivated the 17-year-old's decision to take part.

Family supported Ahwang from the court's public gallery, Mr Colwill said.

Magistrate John Aberdeen told Ahwang entering a dwelling with intent - intruding into someone's "private sanctuary" - was serious and had a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

But he did consider Ahwang's young age, early guilty plea, co-operation with police and lack of history.

Ahwang was sentenced to six months probation, in which he'll have to undergo drug testing.

A conviction was not recorded.

Correction: Ahwang was supported in court by family, but not his mother as originally stated.


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