Confessed home invader skips bail

POLICE will hunt down a Ballina man – who has admitted to a 2002 home invasion – after he failed to appear in Lismore District Court yesterday.

And it was not the first time that Adam Douglas Benjamin Byers, 31, who committed the offence with his brother, Tim Byers, and another man, has done a disappearing act.

Byers was granted bail for the home invasion in March, 2002. However, he disappeared until police caught up with him in August last year.

Byers pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court last December to a charge of aggravated break and enter with intent to commit a serious indictable offence.

Byers was to be sentenced in Lismore District Court in June, but his defence asked for the case to be adjourned so a detailed plan for Byers' rehabilitation could be made.

The case was adjourned and Byers was released on bail, on the condition that he show up yesterday at the Lismore District Court to be sentenced. Not only did Byers fail to show up yesterday, but the court was told he had not reported to authorities since July 14.

It was a condition of Byers' bail that he report to police every Monday and Friday.

Judge Black said it would be 'silly' to ignore the fact that Byers had not been reporting for his bail and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Byers' brother, Tim, and the other man have already been sentenced to jail terms.



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