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Daniel Paul Roberts warned by magistrate that his ‘behaviour will not be tolerated’

Tyra PetersSound Telegraph
A man with a history of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to breaching a family violence order and a serious burglary in Perth’s south.
Camera IconA man with a history of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to breaching a family violence order and a serious burglary in Perth’s south. Credit: Peter de Kruijff/Pilbara News

A man with a history of domestic violence will serve an 18-month jail term after breaching a protective order and a serious home burglary in Perth’s south.

Daniel Paul Roberts, 44, appeared before Rockingham Magistrates Court on Friday, pleading guilty to one count each of breaching a family violence order, damaging property, aggravated home burglary and breach of bail.

About 3pm on March 13 and 3pm on March 14, 2023, Robert’s and an unidentified co-offender attended an address in Shoalwater.

Roberts and the co-offender forced open a security screen, gaining access to the home.

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Once inside, they searched through every room, stealing various items to the value of $25,000.

Roberts’ DNA was found on an item left at the home and he was later arrested at an address in Rockingham.

On September 2022, Roberts was served with a family violence restraining order protecting his ex-partner.

The conditions of that order included that he not enter or remain where the protected person lives, works or is educated, not be within 100m of the nearest external boundary, and not approach or be within 50m of the protected person.

Prosector Sen. Const. Mick Fallows told the court that on November 8, 2022, the victim returned home from the beach with her friend and seen Roberts asleep on a chair outside near the front door.

Roberts was let into the house, however a short time after became verbally abusive towards the victim.

The victim and her friend went outside to contact police.

Roberts continued yelling at her and smashing items in the house, breaking the victim’s laundry door and wooden table.

After following the victim outside, he was told that the police had been contacted and left.

He was later arrested, however was too intoxicated to take part in an interview.

Duty counsel Stacey Byrne said Roberts had a prior record of violence restraining orders but that it was with regards to a previous partner.

“During the course of these offences, Mr Roberts was struggling with regards to his mental health,” she said.

“He had been on and off with his partner and shortly after being served with the restraining order, she continued to contact him and that relationship went back and forth for some time.

“This significantly impacted his mental health and he did turn back to alcohol, which is a key factor in the offending.”

Ms Byrne said that Roberts struggled with the relationship and also found himself homeless because he was living with the protected person at the time.

Ms Byrne said that during the burglary his main goal was to get alcohol and food, but accepts that he also stole jewellery, which is why he is “pleading guilty to all of the offences before the court”.

Magistrate Anne Longden said that his record was a serious concern in relation to previous partners.

“This is absolutely something that you are going to need help with before you enter into any new relationships,” she said.

Ms Longden said that she understood the difficulties faced within the relationship and even though his partner made attempts to contact him, she wouldn’t have wanted him to behave in that way.

Ms Longden said that the burglary was extremely serious and that at the time he was on bail, which was an “aggravating feature” and that the property value that was stolen was “extremely high”.

“A message needs to be sent to the public that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

He was sentenced to an 18-month prison term with eligibility for parole and fined $300.

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