In court: Dillon Dugdale jailed for 13 offences across regional NSW

The man appeared at Goulburn Local Court on July 21. Photo: Hannah Neale
The man appeared at Goulburn Local Court on July 21. Photo: Hannah Neale

An ACT man has been jailed for a string of robbery and other offences committed throughout NSW. Most notably, two police pursuits near Cowra which resulted in "an extreme level of danger".

Dillon James Dugdale, 29, appeared via audio visual link from custody at Goulburn Local Court on July 21.


He pleaded guilty to 13 charges for offences which took place in Nowra, Bungendore, Cowra and Bowning.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fitzgerald told the court Dugdale had already been sentenced for 43 related matters in the ACT and served four years jail.

The NSW offences, committed in 2017, could not be finalised until the ACT sentence was complete.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said Dugdale's offences had impacted "a large number of victims".

She said they related to "using vehicles [the offender] shouldn't be, breaking into property and stealing things, and causing damage".

The magistrate told the court that on February 23, 2017, in Nowra, Dugdale had stolen a vehicle later recovered in the ACT.

She said that on the same day Dugdale had broken into a property in Bungendore and stolen two laptops, keys, a phone and a PlayStation.

"You were found through fingerprints and DNA evidence," she said.

The magistrate presented to the court that on March 2, 2017, in Cowra, the accused had committed further offences.

She said Dugdale had attempted to enter a Cowra property with intent to steal. She said he had also stolen a knife, knife pouch and keys before breaking into a shop and taking money.

The magistrate told the court that the next day on March 3, Dugdale had stolen a vehicle and engaged in a police pursuit. She said he had reached speeds of 175km/h in a 100 km/h zone, during roadworks, and overtook vehicles.

She said the pursuit was terminated due to what police described as "a very extreme level of danger".

She presented that shortly afterwards, near Bowning, police engaged in another pursuit. She said police deployed road spikes, but Dugdale continued, before driving on the wrong side of the road and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

She said Dugdale had "then run from the scene".

In sentencing, the magistrate took Dugdale's early guilty pleas into account and applied a 25 per cent discount.

She said the offender "clearly had a significant drug problem".

Dugdale was sentenced to three years full-time imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years. He was disqualified from driving for three years upon release.

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