Convicted with a Drop of Blood - For a Crime He can't Remember
Posted on 23/09/2013
A Gold Coast man has pleaded guilty to a crime he can’t remember due to a single drop of his blood discovered at the scene. Criminal Lawyer Joe Wicking represented the man as his decade old crime finally caught up with him.
The client was a 17 year old drug addict when he broke into a Benowa home, cutting himself as he climbed through the window on December 21, 1997.
Sixteen years later Queensland Health matched his blood to that single drop left at the scene and yesterday Bourke pleaded guilty to a charge of break and enter. Forensic officers found a drop of blood at the broken window and entered the DNA into the database. In March this year, Queensland Health told police they had matched the sample.
Defence solicitor Joe Wicking, of Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, admitted his client had a history of drug and criminal offences, but had turned his life around. ‘‘Drugs led to his earlier offending but he has moved on to a productive life,’’ Mr Wicking said. ‘‘He has committed no offences in the last five years.’’
He told the court that his client had a troubled childhood, finishing school in Year 8 and leaving home at age 18. He became addicted to drugs and committed a series of crimes that landed him two separate jail sentences in 1999 and 2002.
Mr Wicking said after his second jail sentence, his client turned his life around. He completed drug rehabilitation and has completed literacy and numeracy courses. ‘‘He has turned over a new leaf in the last five years,’’ he said.
This matter is a clear example of the important need of a criminal solicitor when appearing before the Courts. In this matter Mr Wicking was able to properly inform the Court of the clients current circumstances and place his criminal history into context.
Read the full article from the Gold Coast Bulliten here