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Man and woman sent to drug treatment court for burglaries

Magistrates Court (photo by Glenn Tucker)

Two burglars who admitted stealing thousand of dollars of clothes, tools and accessories were sent to Drug Treatment Court.

Dean O’Brien, 59, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to trespassing and stealing clothes and accessories valued at $7,350.

The court heard that he targeted a Warwick home on August 12 and stole three watches, a phone and a pair of slippers.

The homeowner contacted police, who found O’Brien’s fingerprints on the bathroom windowsill.

O’Brien told the court that he was prepared to go to jail, but senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said: “You may be ready to throw your life away, but I’m not.”

Mr Wolffe referred the case to the November 2 sitting of Drug Treatment Court and remanded O’Brien in custody.

In a separate case, Marisa Ratteray, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of failing to charge her court-issued electronic monitoring device.

The court heard that Ratteray, of no fixed abode, broke into a house on Happy Valley Road in Pembroke and stole camera equipment, clothes and tools valued at $1,500.

The incident took place between August 1 and 2.

Ratteray, who had to wear an electronic tag as part of her bail conditions for a separate case, also failed to charge her device between July 8 and 13.

The court heard that she also broke into a Pembroke house on August 4 last year, where she stole perfume, jewellery and clothes valued at $1,825.

Mr Wolffe referred Ratteray to Drug Treatment Court and remanded her in custody until October 19.

Both Ratteray and O’Brien appeared in court on Friday.

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