$4500 damage caused to restaurant’s windows and alarm by thief

PAROLE TIME: A man has been released after more than 15 months in jail.
PAROLE TIME: A man has been released after more than 15 months in jail.

A man who caused $4500 damage when he broke into an Orange restaurant in March Street on February 16, 2016, has been sentenced to two years and three months’ jail.

Paul Jeffrey Birch, 31, was given a non-parole period of 15 months from June 13, 2016, to September, 12, 2017, to be followed by 12 months of parole including alcohol and drug counselling. 

He received an identical sentence for breaking into a house in March Street while the occupants were asleep after running from police who confronted him at the restaurant following the break and enter.

During the restaurant break-in at 2.20am he smashed two panes of glass at the front of the premises and gained entry by breaking a third glass pane at the back door. He then caused significant damage when he short circuited the security alarm, which had already gone off.

Birch had been in custody for 15 months and 22 days when he was sentenced in Orange District Court on September 12.