Home invasion over pet staffy lands man in jail

HOME invader Jamie Allan Hogan punched a doorway and swore loudly as he stormed out of Maroochydore District Court yesterday after being jailed for a failed attempt to retrieve a pet dog.

His co-defendant Faith Julie Bailey had walked quietly to the cells before him, leaving behind in the public gallery her sobbing daughters who were devastated by their mother's incarceration.

Bailey, 38, had driven Hogan, 21, to a Greber Rd home about 5.15pm on July 27, 2013, with the intention of getting a staffordshire terrier that one of her daughters had owned with a resident of the home.

The situation escalated quickly, the court heard, with Bailey and Hogan forcing their way inside through a back door.

Bailey grabbed a resident by the hair and yelled at him about the dog.

Judge Robertson, in reiterating the facts, said Hogan punched the man in the face and most likely punched the man in the back of the head.

The two went outside without the dog and were going to leave when the father of the first victim, who also was at the home, followed them out.

Judge Robertson said Hogan had head-butted the father as he made a call to 000.

The father then tried to stop the pair from driving away by grabbing Bailey's seatbelt which prompted Hogan to get out of the car and hit him. He fell to the ground and the car was driven away.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said Bailey and Hogan had both committed more minor offences while on bail for the home invasion charges.

Hogan's defence barrister Stephen Courtney said his client had been in a relationship with one of Bailey's daughters at the time of the incident.

He had since moved in with a new partner and they were living at Donnybrook.

Bailey's defence barrister Debra Wardle tendered letters of apology to the victims as well as references from her boss and family members. Ms Wardle said there had been no initial intention for violence to occur but the incident had escalated quickly.

Mr Robertson said people should be strongly deterred from taking the law into their own hands to right perceived wrongs. "I don't accept that you just went there to talk," Mr Robertson said.

He sentenced Hogan and Bailey to 18 months in prison with a parole release date of February 19 next year.

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