ASLEEP in her Lake Albert home, a woman woke to the frightening sound of intruders trying to gain entry by cutting a hole in the flyscreen of her bedroom window.
Luckily, the metal flyscreen proved difficult to cut, giving the woman time to gather her thoughts.
She walked into her kitchen and looked through a glass door, through which she could see two men standing outside her bedroom window.
Bravely, she opened the door and called out: “What do you two think you are doing?”
Caught in the act, the would-be raiders fled the scene.
But one of them - 28-year-old ice addict Nathan Easton – left behind something that was to link him to the attempted break in.
Police called by the victim found a cigarette butt outside the property near the bedroom window.
The butt was sent for forensic analysis and in June this year Wagga police were told Easton’s DNA was on it.
After initially denying knowledge of the attempted break-in, Easton finally admitted his guilt to police but did not give up his mate.
Police facts tendered to Wagga Local Court this week after Easton pleaded guilty to attempted break and enter, said the culprit told them he intended to steal money so he could buy more shard, a street name for the drug ice.
The unemployed Glenfield Park man told police he had a significant drug habit – using two “points” of ice a day.
Easton, who successfully completed the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program for his drug addiction will be sentenced on February 22.
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