Resident struck and pursued alleged burglar
A convicted burglar denied attempting to break in to a Devonshire home in a daylight incident.
Magistrates’ Court heard that the complainant told police he struck the defendant repeatedly after finding the man climbing through a window in his home.
Kenneth Boyles, 34, from Southampton, pleaded not guilty to entering a Dock Hill home on November 22 with intent to steal.
According to Crown counsel Tawana Tannock, at around 3pm that day the complainant was attempting to take a nap when he was awoken by a knock on his door.
He told police he looked through a window at the man knocking and, not recognising him, attempted to return to sleep. Minutes later, he heard a noise and found a man climbing through his window.
Asked what he was doing, the intruder said he was looking for “Mike”.
The complainant struck the intruder, who attempted to make good his escape. The complainant however climbed onto his bike and tracked down the suspect, who he recognised by his clothing and tattoos.
Mr Boyles, a father-of-four with several prior convictions for similar offences, was arrested in connection with the matter.
Noting the prior convictions, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded Mr Boyles into custody until December 9, when he is scheduled to return to Magistrates’ Court for trial.