A Wodonga man who burgled a Border sports club more than six years ago has finally fronted court to plead guilty to the crime.
The delay in Daniel Ryan Neall’s case initially puzzled magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim, who questioned defence solicitor Angus Lingham over the delay.
But Neall had been in jail.
Mr Lingham told Albury Local Court on Monday that Neall was in custody in Victoria for about three years, having been incarcerated over a series of break and enters.
It was only relatively recently, he said, that Neall’s NSW matters had been brought before the court in Albury.
Neal committed the break and enter on the North Albury Sports Club back on November 27, 2012, and for that he will be sentenced on April 10.
Neall pleaded guilty to break, enter and steal over the incident, as well as to unrelated charges of two counts of larceny and also one of receive or dispose of stolen property.
One of these charges related to Neall, now 30, finding a $600 i-Pad stolen from St Anne’s Primary School in North Albury in December of 2012 and taking it home.
He also found a stolen wallet and a $1000 mobile phone, which he gave to a friend on the understanding he would eventually be paid in return.
The victim had parked his car in North Street, Albury, on December 9, 2012, about 12.30pm.
But he left the car unlocked and his items were taken.
The court was told how the sports club manager discovered the club’s maintenance shed had been burgled, with a window removed.
A door was forced open.
Neall had also stolen a laptop computer and computer monitor, valued in total at $750.
His fingerprints were found on two windows and a window frame.
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