Drunk ends up in jail, court

A COFFS Harbour man, who damaged two houses early yesterday while walking home drunk, found himself in a jail cell just hours after the crime.

In a case of swift justice, Mathew John Heelis, 28, was arrested by police charged with damaging property and sentenced to three months imprisonment in court, all in the space of a day.

Heelis pleaded guilty to the charges, but has since indicated he will appeal the sentence.

The Coffs Harbour Local Court heard the conditions of Heelis’ parole were that he abstain from drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

However, police proved he and a friend consumed large amounts of alcohol and took illegal drugs, namely LSD on Wednesday night.

Then around 4.20am the two men yelled and argued as they walked along Robert Garrett Street near Louden Close carrying a wine cask.

Their actions made a dog bark and Heelis walked up the driveway and yelled at the animal.

He then grabbed a section of pool fencing and smashed a garage window of a neighbouring house.

The other man attempted to calm him, but he continued his rage pulling a metal flyscreen off the window of another house. Residents, who woke to the noise, told police he was yelling and challenging people to fight and began to wrestle his friend.

Police were called to the scene and after they arrived saw the accused run towards Louden Close and into a back yard. He was found hiding near a front veranda, was handcuffed and taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station.



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