Guilty plea for smashing windows, stealing drugs


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A Yarrabah man has pleaded guilty to breaking into two pharmacies among other offences

Joshua Chiculbuarra Barlow pleaded guilty to 15 charges, the Cairns Post reports, at the Cairns Magistrate’s Court.

Mr Barlow began smashing windows at a Kewarra Beach pharmacy at five o’clock one Friday morning last month.

While he did not gain entry to that pharmacy, he then went to another at Smithfield, where he again smashed the front window and then stole medicines.

He was arrested on unrelated matters but was also charged with one count each of breaking and entering premises and stealing and attempted entry to premises with intent.

At the time, he was on bail for other charges. The 15 charges he faced this week also include two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and fuel theft; they also relate to a “high level trespass” where he went to the home of a 91-year-old woman and went to sleep in a bed there.

Magistrate Robert Spencer said this must have been “terrifying” for the woman.

Mr Barlow will be sentenced next month.

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