Man escapes going to jail after break-in and choking

A 38-YEAR-OLD Gladstone man has escaped jail for choking another male after breaking into his home.

Andrew Colin Du Pre Chaimer pleaded guilty in Gladstone District Court on Thursday to one count of burglary and one count of common assault.

Du Pre Chaimer told the court on the night of March 22, 2010, he was coming to the aid of a woman who he believed had been abused by his victim.

The injuries the victim sustained were minor.

The offence follows a long line of criminal history including counts of driving without a licence, assaulting or obstructing a police officer, drink driving and failing to comply with the duties of a driver.

The court heard Du Pre Chaimer had been a daily drinker but had recently been engaged in self-rehabilitation and had given up alcohol.

A number of character references were submitted to the court.

When sentencing, Judge Paul Smith took into account Du Pre Chaimer's timely plea and self-rehabilitation efforts.

"It seems giving up alcohol was a major turnaround," Judge Smith said.

He said Du Pre Chaimer was a good citizen despite his history.

He was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment with immediate parole.

A conviction was recorded.



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