A 22-year-old Harden man has been handed a two years prison sentence suspended to enter an intensive corrections order after he was convicted in Young Local Court on Tuesday.
Nathan Solah of Albury Street, Harden appeared before Magistrate Michael O'Brien via audio-visual link from Junee Correctional Facility facing sentencing to a number of charges relating to breaking into a woman's home in Harden earlier this year.
According to Solah's solicitor her client had been in custody since February 23 and had been seen by a psychiatrist who diagnosed a pre-existing traumatic brain injury - the result of an accident a few years ago - as well as related mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder and alcohol abuse disorder.
Mr Solah's solicitor then went on to explain that the combination of alcohol, Solah's mental health issues and his traumatic brain injury resulted in a lack of judgement on the part of her client. She said he has shown remorse for his actions and reports showed he had a low risk of re-offending.
Mr O'Brien disagreed and said Solah "presents a clear and present danger to himself and the community."
"The fact is as soon as he's back in the community he goes out and drinks to excess," Mr O'Brien said.
"There's a report prepared by the mental health nurse dated October 8 last year by Justice Health, there's no evidence of any disorder and seems to have a deep insight on his behaviour - he's not unwell he needs continued psychiatric support."
Solah was given the opportunity to address Mr O'Brien and said he wanted to change and formally apologise to the officers involved in the incident.
Mr O'Brien convicted Solah and sentenced him to an accumulative prison sentence to be served as a two year intensive corrections order.
According to the police facts Solah had broken a window of a residence in Harden, climbed through the window and fallen asleep.
A neighbour called police and when they tried to remove him he attacked them, facts say.
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