Burning bike backfires on thief

BURNING evidence has backfired on a Launceston man jailed for setting fire to property.

Dylan Alan Brazendale, 20, was sentenced to three months' jail last month for 36 counts of burglary and theft and stealing three motor vehicles between May and October.

Yesterday the Launceston Supreme Court heard how a $1500 scooter stolen from West Launceston by Brazendale was later torched on an isolated track at Scottsdale.

On October 21, he and others stole a Mitsubishi Lancer from West Launceston to drive around and steal motorbikes.

That same night Brazendale stole a $3000 Suzuki motorcycle by forcing open a home garage at Prospect where he'd seen bikes before.

Brazendale and two youths pushed it to a Prospect supermarket car park where, unable to start it, they doused the motorbike in petrol and set it on fire. The car was also torched.

Defence counsel Libby Tolputt said her client had a difficult upbringing and was made redundant a year into his plumbing apprenticeship.

At the time of the offending, he was sleeping in his car or couch surfing, she said.

Justice Robert Pearce said Brazendale displayed an appalling disregard for the victim's personal and property rights.

"Burning the vehicles was a selfish act designed only to prevent his apprehension," Justice Pearce said.

Justice Pearce sentenced Brazendale to eight months' jail, on top of his current term, suspending the last six months.

Brazendale was ordered to carry out 105 hours' community service on his release.

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