A MAN who broke into a woman's house and stood in her room drinking beer while she slept is behind bars after facing court yesterday.
Albert Isaac Ambertel, 21, of Bundaberg South, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to a charge of breaking and entering.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said police were called to May St about 2am on March 31 after an emergency call from the house.
The woman told police she had woken to a clicking sound of her bedroom door and found Ambertel smiling at her while holding a stubby of VB.
“The woman fled to her son's bedroom,” Sgt Stevens said.
“They located the defendant hiding behind a timber fence.”
Sgt Stevens said the offence was committed while Ambertel was on parole, and a term of imprisonment would be the most appropriate sentence in the circumstances.
“His offending was quite prolific up until 2009,” Sgt Stevens said.
Barrister Simon Burgess said his client was so drunk at the time he could barely remember committing the offence.
Mr Burgess said Ambertel had found employment picking bananas in the far north but Cyclone Yasi had destroyed his employment opportunities.
“It's unfortunate for Albert, as it is for thousands of other Queenslanders who have lost employment,” Mr Burgess said.
“Albert has always indicated a plea of guilty right from the start.”
Magistrate Neil Lavaring said Ambertel's offending was “not on the high end of the scale”.
“You have awoken the complainant in her room,” Mr Lavaring said.
“That is obviously a frightening situation if a lady wakes up in the middle of the night and sees you there with a stubby.”
Ambertel was sentenced to nine months jail and will be eligible for parole from August 15.
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