Man sentenced for break and enters

A KNOWN troublemaker was sent back behind bars after he pleaded guilty to six charges at the Murgon Magistrates Court.

Murgon shops were victim to a number of break and enters earlier this year and Michael John Clevens' defence solicitor Babu Singh said his client's involvement was minimal as he was a lookout.

Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said Clevens caused just under $2000 worth of damage to the back door of Bell's gifts on Lamb St.

On March 9 at 3.30am Clevens, 22, attempted to break into Bell's Gifts before he then attempted to break in to the Australian Hotel.

He was then involved in another break-in at a drive-in bottle shop.

Police prosecutor Gangemi said Clevens was unable to force open the door while he was trying to break in to steal alcohol.

Clevens also breached his bail conditions by being in the Murgon township between 7pm and 6am.

He was spotted by police on various occasions.

In November last year police went to Clevens' house and located a bucket bong, which he admitted he had used to smoke cannabis but claimed was not his.

Clevens, currently on a suspended sentence from July 2011, had already spent three months behind bars for another matter.

"He's on a suspended sentence and it hasn't done anything to deter him," Sgt Gangemi said.

Mr Singh said Clevens' part in the break-ins was minimal compared to the alleged counterparts.

Magistrate Peter Hasted said he accepted Clevens' had already spent an amount of time in prison.

For three counts of attempted enter premises with intent a conviction was recorded and Clevens' was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

For his breach of bail, possessing utensils and unauthorised dealing with shop goods a conviction was recorded with no punishment.

Clevens' suspended sentence was activated and he was sentenced to five months imprisonment served concurrently with his other sentence.

A parole release date was set for November 18, 2012.

South Burnett

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