Fingerprints revealed in DNA evidence was the key to finding a Riverina father who was involved in stealing a car from a local mechanic.
In Wagga Local Court on Monday, Damien Dwayne Greedy, 38, pleaded guilty to taking and driving a conveyance and carrying a cutting weapon.
According to documents tendered to the court, the offence was committed between 5pm on May 22 and 7.20am on May 23, while Greedy was already subject to an existing good behaviour bond.
He was arrested on August 27, when he was found with a small pocket knife and a five centimetre blade.
Police allege offenders broke into Narrandera Auto Repairs, cutting through an iron chain at a gate to gain entry to the business.
The offenders made their way through several doors and allegedly cut a fuse to switch off the lights, concealing their activity.
Two Toyota Camry’s were stolen as a result of the incident, with one later found completely burnt out on the side of the road.
The remaining vehicle was recovered with minor damage, where Greedy’s fingerprints were found.
Appearing via video link from Junee Correctional Centre, Greedy told the court he drove the car to help out his cousin.
“I was walking home at 2am and my cousin came around the corner in a stolen car – that’s why I’m here before you today,” Greedy said.
“I was helping out my cousin who was in trouble and I am sorry for that.
“Every time I get out of jail I try to be better.”
Greedy, who represented himself after firing his solicitor, asked magistrate Erin Kennedy to consider a better outcome, instead of being “locked in a cage”.
“I didn’t want a pre-sentence report because it’s just another person I have to tell about the first 15 years of my life,” he said.
“The reason I take drugs has never been dealt with but if I can get the drugs fixed I can sort out everything else.”
Ms Kennedy told Greedy to be prepared to face his problems.
“You have to deal with it and follow through because you’re a young man – you don’t want a life in and out of prison,” she said.
“The strong man is someone who lets people help him.”
Greedy was sentenced to seven months’ prison with a non-parole period of two months.
He was also placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, with supervision.
The 38-year-old is eligible for release on October 27.