Serial burglar strikes: Man breaks into home shortly after getting out of jail

A PROLIFIC burglar who broke into a stranger’s home just days after being released from prison and while on a community corrections order will now have to spend even more time behind bars.

Brennan Banks, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty to breaching a community corrections order and had two months’ prison added to the minimum of seven months he is currently serving for the aggravated burglary. 

In December 2015, the serial burglar had only just been released from prison for other burglaries months prior when he broke into an elderly woman’s home, leaving her terrified.

Banks was sentenced to 12 months’ prison to be followed by a 12-month community corrections order in March last year for those offences. However, just two days after his release in December last year he committed another aggravated burglary. 

On that occasion he broke into a stranger’s home in the dead of the night to steal alcohol, waking the sleeping victim, just days into his community corrections order. 

He was sentenced to 15 months’ prison with a non-parole period of seven months in December over that offence. 

Yesterday during sentencing at Mildura Magistrates’ Court for the breach of the corrections order, Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said Banks needed more time added to his sentence.

He rejected defence counsel Hugh Middleton’s submission to re-sentence him to prison that would be served at the same time as his current sentence. 

“There’s got to be a price to pay,” he said.

“The offence of aggravated burglary is an offence which the court must deal with in a serious fashion.”

Mr La Rosa noted that Banks had faced challenges in his life, including an intellectual disability and an acquired brain injury. 

He sentenced him to an extra six months prison, with two months of that to be served on top of his current minimum seven month sentence. 

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