Man admits to burglary and trespassing

A man was sent to the Drug Treatment Court yesterday after he admitted a string of burglary and trespass charges.

Coltrane Ratteray, 52, told Magistrates’ Court that he had a “terrible” drug problem that drove him to trespass on to four Warwick homes over three months.

He added: “I think this is my last chance to get my life back together.”

Ratteray pleaded guilty to three burglary charges on August 15 and 16, and September 2.

The court heard that he targeted two homes and stole cash and curtains worth a total of $1,069.

Ratteray also pleaded guilty to an attempted break-in that happened on August 22 and prowling around another home on July 31.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment for Ratteray, of no fixed abode.

He told Ratteray: “You’re a good person when you’re not using. You just do some stupidness when you do use.”

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