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Homeless man jailed for four years

A 49-year-old homeless man was jailed for four years after admitting to a string of break-ins.

Kevin Davis, of no fixed abode, admitted in Magistrates' Court to five counts of burglary, as well as taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Apologising to the court, Davis said: “I love to get high. Until I change my mindset, it will always happen.”

The court heard from Crown counsel Cindy Clarke that on September 25 employees at the Esso Tigermarket, on South Road, found a pane of glass broken and a concrete block inside the premises. Cigarettes to the value of $895 had been stolen during the night.

At 12.50am on November 12, a window was smashed at Island Trading, by Spurling Hill, and sets of rain gear to the value of $1,065 taken.

Security footage from December 12 at Miles Market, Pembroke, showed Davis approaching the closed store that night.

Davis cycled up, smashed a window, and fled with liquor and cigarettes.

The Shell Service Station, on East Broadway, was discovered broken into the following morning. More than $1,000 worth of cigarettes had been taken.

Again, footage from Miles Market showed Davis breaking in on the night of December 21 and stealing ten bottles of liquor.

In each case, a concrete block was used to smash a window or door.

He was also charged with stealing a green Yamaha Crypton motorcycle in Pembroke on December 14.

Davis was arrested on December 26 and admitted to the offences at Hamilton Police Station.

He told the court: “I know that there are consequences behind my actions and I have no problem dealing with my consequences.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner sentenced him to four years' imprisonment for the burglaries and one year for taking the motorcycle. Both sentences were to run concurrently, with two years' probation to follow.

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 7:10 am)

Homeless man jailed for four years

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