A former Bega man accused of stabbing a man in Buckajo in September has been jailed for breaking into a Pambula brewery after DNA left at the scene linked him to the crime.
Magistrate Doug Dick sentenced 31-year-old Segrae William Fry to 16 months’ jail on Tuesday, December 11, after he pleaded guilty to breaking into the Longstocking Brewery south of Pambula on July 15 this year.
Court documents reveal Fry broke into the brewery just a week after being released from prison on drug and firearm charges, by scaling a three-metre fence and smashing a glass window at the rear of the premises.
Wearing a face covering and holding a small torch, Fry cut himself on the shattered window glass leaving blood on the frame and floor before removing a cash register containing $200 in cash and fleeing the scene.
Staff reported the break in, which was captured on CCTV, the following day and forensics took samples of the blood left at the scene, which they say later matched Fry’s.
The court heard Fry’s “extensive criminal history”, which includes five previous break and enter convictions over a period of just five years, meant he could not accept handing him a “short sharp sentence”.
Magistrate Dick said the fact the crime was not part of a “planned or organised activity” and a plea of guilty worked in Fry’s favour.
He sentenced Fry to a non-parole period of 12 months in prison, backdated to his arrest date in October.
Fry was arrested on October 9 while allegedly on the run from police after allegedly stabbing a 33-year-old man on September 13 on Daisy Hill Rd in Buckajo, causing what police described as serious facial and head injuries.
Officers from South Coast Police District established a crime scene at the home and commenced an investigation which included accusations Fry was hiding in “bushland in the Candelo area” and attempting to avoid police.
According to police, the injured man was taken to the South East Regional Hospital in Bega in a stable condition before undergoing surgery.
Fry is facing charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, drive conveyance without consent and using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention.
The court heard a brief is yet to be served by police on the matter, and Fry is likely to be committed to stand trial in the NSW District Court.
Magistrate Doug Dick adjourned the matter to Bega Local Court on December 18.