Drunk and armed, no jail for gang over home invasion
A DRUNKEN home invasion in search of drugs and money almost resulted in jail for four young men.
Dalton Gordon Provic, 20, Jesse Lee Thane, 20, Ross Christopher Humphrey, 19, and a 16-year-old co-offender narrowly avoided imprisonment this morning for breaking into a Landsborough home on the night of December 12, 2013.
Crown prosecutor Suzanne Cantatore told Maroochydore District Court the four had consumed tequila shots and up to six bottles of home brew spirits before they went to the home in search of a man who no longer lived there.
Ms Cantatore said the men hid their identity, some by tying shirts around their heads, and grabbed makeshift weapons including a pitchfork and a piece of wood once they arrived at the home.
A teenage resident was awoken about 10.45pm to the sound of voices outside and his flyscreen being ripped off.
Ms Cantatore said Provic had a brick raised in his hands and after making demands climbed in through the window.
She said he then threatened the teen with a pitchfork before the others followed him inside.
The ruckus woke the teenager's 43-year-old mum and a 52-year-old man.
The woman and man were both involved in a struggle with a few of the intruders before the drunken bandits fled through the front door.
A victim impact statement by the teen resident said he was frightened to go back to the home but was worried for his mother's safety if he was not there.
Defence barristers for the offenders noted their clients had shown remorse for their actions.
Barrister Angus Edwards, who represented Provic, said his client had helped police by detailing his involvement and naming his co-offenders.
"Had he been sober, he would not have had anything to do with these offences," Mr Edwards said.
Judge Robertson told the men they would not be going to prison.
"In coming to that decision, it has not been an easy one because of the nature of the offending," Judge Robertson said.
Provic, Thane and Humphrey were sentenced to 18 months in prison with immediate parole, as well as being placed on 12-month intensive correction orders.
The juvenile was given a 12-month suspended detention sentence as well as being ordered to do 150 hours of community service.