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Young crim handed more prison time

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

A young man who has hardly spent a year out of jail since he was 13 is back behind bars after pleading guilty to ransacking a house and stealing 15 bottles of rum, among other items.

Benjamen Ross Bugmy (23) pleaded guilty in the Local Court yesterday to one charge of burglary and another of escaping from police who went to arrest him after finding his thumb print on a window of the house.

Magistrate Greg Grogin told the court that Bugmy’s criminal record was extensive and that he had served his first prison term in 2001.

It would be “a pretty brave call,” Mr Grogin told Bugmy’s lawyer, Joe Hull, to argue that he had good prospects of rehabilitation. 

Mr Hull said that his client had come from a violent home and that he had started drinking and taking drugs as a child.

“He has been in jail almost every year since he was 13 years old and is in danger of becoming institutionalised,” he told the magistrate.

But Mr Grogin said that Bugmy had been given many opportunities by the courts over the years.

“It is up to him to change his ways,” he said.

The magistrate told the court that Bugmy had broken into the house in Pell Street on January 5 while the owner was out and ransacked seven room, pulling out drawers and emptying them on to the floor.

He escaped with the rum as well as a mobile phone, an ipod, a purse, a sleeping bag, a torch, small change and two mismatched gloves.

Once police had identified the thumb print as his, they went to arrest him at his home in Creedon Street but he ran out the back after saying that he was going to get his shoes.

Bugmy was caught and later told police that he had robbed the house because he was bored and high on methamphetamines, Mr Grogin said.

He sentenced him 20 months’ jail with 15 months’ non parole for the burglary and a month for escaping.

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