Burglar “embarrassed and ashamed” after breaking into Toowoomba retirement village unit

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A 22-year-old man has appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court after breaking into a retirement village unit and stealing two laptop computers.

Lachlan Edward Burton pleaded guilty to the charges of burglary and trespassing, appearing via video link from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Facility.

The incident occurred on 16 June, when Burton and his 17-year-old co-offender, jumped over the village’s fence and broke into the unit.

However Burton’s solicitor Amber Acreman informed the court that Burton had only a faint recollection of the incident as he had been using drugs at the time.

When he discovered the unit belonged to a retirement village, Burton was reportedly “very remorseful”.

“He is thoroughly embarrassed and ashamed and disappointed in himself,” Acreman told court.

Burton was sentence to nine months in jail but will be released on parole having served his time in pre-sentence custody.