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Break-in man sentenced to three months served on remand

A homeless man who spent three months in custody for two break-ins has been sentenced to time already served.

Kim Knights, 37, was released by Magistrates’ Court after he spent the time on remand while he awaited sentence.

Knights pleaded guilty on October 4 last year to breaking into the Four Star restaurant in Pembroke and the Shopping Centre supermarket in Hamilton.

He also admitted a breach of the government-imposed curfew.

The court heard that police were called to the Shopping Centre on Victoria Street after an alarm was triggered around 3.46am.

Officers found Knights, of no known address, in the basement of the store with a bag of groceries and a small flashlight.

Knights told officers “I’m not going to fight you guys” and was arrested.

Police found $365 worth of goods, including food and hand sanitiser, in the bag.

They also found a small bag of tools Knights admitted he had used to break into the store.

The incident happened on October 2 last year when a 12.30am to 5am curfew was in force.

The court also heard that police were called to Four Star Pizza on Angle Street, Pembroke, in the early hours of June 2019 after its alarm went off.

The glass front door of the restaurant was broken and police found Knights next to the building.

A restaurant staff member, who lived near by, told officers that he saw Knights walking about in front of the restaurant after the alarm sounded.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary but later released on bail.

Knights was interviewed after the break-in at the Shopping Centre and also admitted the break-in at Four Star Pizza, where he stole a bag of chips and some cookies.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo heard yesterday that Knights’ sentencing was delayed for a social inquiry report and drug assessment.

Knights was granted $2,000 bail but was unable to find a guarantee so was remanded in custody instead.

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