Teen admits to role in drunken home invasion

A 17-YEAR-OLD man has been handed a suspended jail term and probation after admitting his role in a drunken home invasion with two juvenile teenagers.

Taipurutu Tamihana had been with teenage sisters aged 14 and 13 when the trio got into a Dalby home just after midnight February 4, last year, and stole 18 bottles of beer, some of which were smashed as the group left the scene. They also took 12 cans of rum and mix.

About 5am as the complainant man opened the door of his home to let his dogs out, a drunken Tamihana and the two girls had approached him aggressively, Toowoomba District Court heard.

After Tamihana pushed the man, all three intruders entered the home with one of the girls grabbing a piece of wood with which she menaced a second man who had been asleep inside, Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie said.

The trio took the first complainant man's wallet and car keys which they used to drive off in his car.

The three teenagers were seen a short time later at a service station from which they drove away without paying for items obtained.

The two girls had been dealt with by the Children's Court of Queensland, Ms Petrie told the court.

Tamihana, who told the court he now lived in Brisbane, pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

Judge Richard Jones sentenced him to 12 months in jail but suspended the whole term for two years and put the teen on two years probation.


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