Drunk man breaks into church for midnight munchies

AN ANGLICAN archdeacon has walked into his church hall to allegedly find a hungry intruder sitting on the kitchen floor.

Stephen Edward Collis appeared in custody in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday charged with breaking into the St James Anglican Church hall earlier that morning.

Documents before the court detailed the 35-year-old's drinking session with friends at a Taylor St home before he ventured to the nearby church in search of food.

Police said Collis had smashed a panel on the front sliding doors to the Mort St hall before making his way into the kitchenette.

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It was alleged that an alarm alerted Archdeacon Gary Harch to the intrusion about 1am,

He then entered the kitchenette to find a cask of wine on a bench and Collis sitting on the floor, the court heard.

Police said after a short exchange, Collis fled and Archdeacon Harch called police.

Toowoomba Dog Squad officers attended and were allegedly able to track Collis to the backyard of the Taylor St residence where he had earlier been drinking.

Collis was said to be "highly intoxicated" when police spoke with him.

Defence solicitor Phil Stainton applied for Collis' bail.

Mr Stainton said his client had been on probation since April of last year

He argued against police concerns that Collis' offending was intensifying and he would fail to appear in court if released.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck allowed bail and adjourned Collis' case until February 6 to be linked with other matters.


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