Client charged with Aggravated Break Enter and Steal. The aggravating circumstances were the alleged involvement of a second person – i.e. breaking and entering in company. Due to the allegation being so serious with a potential penalty of 25 years imprisonment, the brief of evidence must be served so that the accused can be made aware of the potential evidence against him.
Sensible and appropriate negotiations with the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions office) once the brief of evidence was served resulted in it being accepted that the accused was acting alone. Consequently, a plea of guilty was entered in the Local Court and the client received a good behaviour bond.