A year behind bars for thief

A CONVICTED thief, who broke into several Coffs Harbour businesses, has been sentenced to serve a year behind bars.

Laurie Mason, 21, of Toormina has been found guilty of two charges of aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence and aggravated break and enter with intent.

Pleading guilty to the offences this week in the Coffs Harbour District Court, Mason was sentenced by Judge Hoskins to serve a year’s imprisonment with a non-parole period of nine months.

The court heard Mason allegedly accompanied another man, 22, of Boambee East on a string of break and enters targeting business premises at Park Beach in May last year.

Mason and his co-accused were charged with breaking into the office of HomeBase about 1am on May 18 stealing an iPod and petty cash.

Police told the court, the pair gained entry after external louvres to the building were smashed allowing them to unlock the front doors.

The iPod was uncovered by police when they raided the Boambee East home of the other offender later that day.

Mason, meanwhile, also took part in two other break-ins that night.

One at Eastland Engineering where a window was jemmied open, a filing cabinet was rifled through and a sum of cash stolen.

The other incident happened at nearby ceramic art studio in Allison Street where a door was forced open.

The owner/occupier of the site yelled out to the offenders as they walked through the premises and they fled empty handed.

The other man, arrested over these crimes, will appear in the district court for sentencing next week.

He is facing charges over 15 alleged break-ins to businesses in Coffs Harbour and Toormina.

Mason meanwhile, will be eligible for release on March 22, 2011.

Victims of his crimes have indicated they will be seeking compensation for the damage caused and property stolen.

Man to be sentenced

A TOORMINA man, who allegedly had explicit child pornography on his computer will be sentenced in the Coffs Harbour District Court next week.

John Edward Liljestrom, 51, will appear before Judge Hoskins on charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography and distributing, possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Police will allege 4427 indecent images of children, aged under 16 years, were found on his computer hard drives. Several compact discs and DVDs were also seized during a raid on his home.

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