A killer who fatally bashed the dad of a murder-victim in Western Australia had fled from his crimes on the Coast, a court has heard.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard Timothy John Skipper, 47, moved back to the Sunshine Coast in 2018 after serving six years in jail for fatally bashing Paul Cate, 46.

Skipper was at a Dawesville caravan park in May 2012 when he got in a drunken fight with Cate whose 15-year-old daughter Jessie was murdered by a 19-year-old a few months prior.

Skipper in 2013 pleaded guilty to assault causing death and was given a head sentence of six years and two months in jail.

After returning to the Coast he was eventually picked up for a crime spree spanning 18 months in 2007 and 2008.

Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer said that included four burglaries around Maroochydore and Marcoola within a few days.

“In the burglaries, people’s homes were entered and property stolen,” Senior Constable Brewer said.

“The victims deserve recognition of such a violation of their own personal space and sense of safety when someone enters your home and commits these type of offences.”

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Skipper was 35 at the time of the offences and had previously committed burglary offences.

He was charged and failed to appear in court twice before he fled the state.

“You decided it was a good idea to decamp the state and move as far away as you possibly can in Australia to Western Australia,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Skipper.

“We’ve talked about what happened over there of course.

“Through your conduct you served six years in custody for a very serious offence.”

Skipper did not hand himself in to Queensland police upon his return and police found him in a car at Nambour earlier this year.

He spent 117 days in pre-sentence custody before appearing by video on Tuesday to confirm his guilty plea to 22 charges.

Defence lawyer Luke Bull said his client’s historic crime spree was fuelled by his use of speed.

“He’s never been a meth user,” Mr Bull said.

“He’s now off drugs and not using.”

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He highlighted his client, a father-of-four, hadn’t offended in two years and said Mr Stjernqvist had to consider the six years Skipper spent in jail.

He said the issue of totality was “broadly relevant” and being interstate denied Skipper the opportunity to have his matter dealt with in a timely manner.

“I could understand that if he was extradited but he fled,” Mr Stjernqvist replied.

“You’ve got to think about the poor victims.

“He defiled their personal space, stole their property and then fled.”

Mr Bull maintained his submission that the lapse in time meant deterrence was now a less relevant sentencing principal.

He said a suspended sentence was appropriate.

Mr Stjernqvist said the maximum penalty for the burglary offences was life in jail.

“It’s not lost on me, the gut-wrenching feeling that people experience coming home to their home having been destroyed and defiled by you,” he said.

“And removed from them, all their very precious personal jewellery and property for which you would sell to some crackhead, some drug dealer for nothing just to get something to put up your arm.”

For driving offences, Skipper was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for two months.

He was sentenced to a total of 20 months in jail with immediate release on parole.

“I’ve ordered the parole release date as opposed to a suspended sentence because it’s more onerous for you,” Mr Stjernqvist said.

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