'Bender' led man into wrong home

A FORMER Evans Head man who 'went on a bender' after returning to the town last November has been put on a good behaviour bond for breaking down the door of a house where he thought his friends lived.

Jeremy Scott Taylor, 28, was injured and bleeding profusely from the leg at the time.

He was confronted by the occupant, who had woken up to a 'crashing sound'.

When asked why he was in the house, Taylor replied, 'I don't know'.

He appeared in Lismore Local Court earlier this month facing charges of aggravated break and enter, assault police officer, resist police officer, maliciously destroy or damage property and enter enclosed lands without lawful excuse. The charge of aggravated break and enter was later withdrawn.

Taylor grew up in Evans Head but left the area about three years ago. When he returned on November 23 last year, there was a 'very big party' where Taylor spent the night catching up with friends.

The court was told that Taylor was 'on a bender' and 'very, very intoxicated'.

He had planned to sleep the night at a friend's place in Evans Head and returned to the house after the party.

His defence said Taylor had been 'very close' to that family and would often stay at their home and let himself in.

However, the family had moved away from that address and not told Taylor.

Arriving at the home about 5am, Taylor broke down the door to gain access to the house.

The occupant woke up to a 'crashing sound' and saw Taylor standing there, 'bleeding from the leg'.

Reading the facts before the court, Magistrate Michael Dakin said the occupant asked Taylor, 'what are you doing here?' and Taylor replied, 'I don't know'.

The occupant then chased Taylor along Woodburn Street before police arrived. Police said Taylor then faced the officers 'in a fighting stance' and that he tried to break free.

“It must have been a terrifying experience for the occupant,” Mr Dakin said.

“Alcohol might explain your behaviour, but it doesn't excuse it.”

Taylor was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $300 plus court costs.

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