Teen vandal said he wanted to get arrested by police

A TEENAGER smashed his way into Booval Fair Shopping Centre so police would come and arrest him.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Dylan Ryan Britcliffe pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing and wilful damage.

The 17-year-old used a gym weight to break the glass entrance doors of the shopping centre and gain entry after hours.

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Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler said police were called to the centre at 6.55pm on March 28, after security there caught Britcliffe.

The teen told the officers he had smashed the door so police would come and "take him somewhere isolated".

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said Britcliffe committed the offences shortly after he had an argument with his girlfriend.

Ms Oxley said her client had no criminal history and been angry and "not thinking straight" when he broke into the shopping centre.

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Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said if Britcliffe needed the assistance of police, there were much more "sensible" ways to go about it.

"You could have walked into a police station and told the officers you needed their help, which would have been a better option than damaging property," she said.

Britcliffe was placed on a $600 good behaviour bond for nine months and ordered to pay $660 for the damage to the door.


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