Accidental home invasion in Gladstone blamed on alcohol

A GLADSTONE man was just trying to crash at his mate's place after a big night out when he accidentally broke into a house earlier this month.

About 5.30am on July 7, a Gladstone couple awoke to find a man standing on their veranda.

After calling police the worried pair hid in their bedroom until the man ripped a hole in their screen door, unlocked it and let himself in.

When the complainants approached the man, he said he was just looking for his friend and insisted he was in his friend's house.

Police arrived a short time later.

Magistrate Russell Warfield said it was obvious Joshua Phillip Blackman had consumed too much alcohol.

Although it was a serious offence, Magistrate Warfield said it was clear the 19-year-old had had no violent intentions.

Blackman pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling with intent, in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service with no conviction recorded.