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Burglar who left wallet behind sentenced

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

A burglar nabbed by police after leaving his wallet behind during a Canberra home invasion has been given the green light to apply for parole after a judge found he had good prospects of rehabilitation.

Regen Howsan, 21, pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted burglary, theft, and possession of ammunition and $1950, suspected to have been stolen.

In the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice John Burns sentenced him to three years' jail, starting from July 2015 when he was remanded in custody, with the non-parole period ending immediately, making him eligible to apply for parole.

Howsan invaded the O'Connor home late at night in July 2015, forcing his way into the back door and confronting the woman who lived there before going into her bedroom and taking her mobile phone and handbag.

At some point during the burglary, he dropped his wallet containing identification cards and $1950.

He was arrested two days later after police searched his home and found several items taken from the O'Connor house.

He had been granted bail just days earlier for an alleged break and enter in NSW.

Justice Burns said Howsan had a lengthy criminal history with numerous convictions for burglary, theft and a lengthy history of breaching court orders.

But he believed Howsan, as a new father, had good prospects of rehabilitation.

"I'm satisfied that there is some prospect that your desire to be a father to your son and support your family will motivate you," he said.

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