Fingerprints left by teen help to solve crime 5 years later

FINGERPRINTS left at the scene helped police identify a person responsible for a break and enter, almost five years after the crime.

Gavin John Richardson was only 15 when he broke into a Rockhampton home and helped others gain entry in January 2011.

Now aged 20, he had to face the charges as an adult offender, and pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday. When police caught up to Richardson he said he didn't recall much of the detail, stating he was drunk at the time.

From the break-in, car keys were taken from a kitchen bench and a car stolen from the property, however Richardson was not involved in taking it.

Magistrate Cameron Press said breaking in to someone's dwelling was a serious offence.

"People deserve to be safe in their home," Mr Press said.

Richardson was ordered to complete 80 hours' community service in a six-month period.

A conviction was recorded.