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How Weymouth burglar 'made himself at home'
5:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Latest
A DRUNKEN burglar who ‘made himself at home’ – sitting and eating sweets in the lounge of his victims’ home – has been jailed.
Dean Edward Black was sentenced to 23 months in prison after admitting two dwelling burglaries and breach of a restraining order.
Dorchester Crown Court heard that Black entered a flat in Fiveways Court, Benville Road, Weymouth in the early hours of the morning and stole items including a laptop.
He then went in to the lounge where the homeowner’s daughter was watching television and sat on a futon eating sweets.
Black, of Bradford Road, Weymouth, said he was ‘too drunk’ to remember the incident.
But while on bail for this burglary, Black got drunk again and broke into another home, stealing toilet and kitchen roll as well as cash. The court heard that the victim in the second incident already had a restraining order against Black.
Speaking in mitigation, Lee Christmas said the first was ‘not a classic burglary.’ He added: “He sat down and made himself at home.
“The only explanation can be what Mr Black says, which is that he was so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing.”
Of the toilet and kitchen roll theft, Mr Christmas added: “They would only be taken by someone who is drunk.”
Black, aged 31, has 31 previous convictions for 37 offences.
The court also heard that he was in breach of a conditional discharge when he committed the crimes.
Sentencing Black to 10 months for the first burglary and 12 months for the second burglary and restraining order breach and a month for breach of the conditional discharge, Judge Roger Jarvis told him there had been ‘a worrying escalation in your criminal behaviour.’ He added: “People view their homes as a special area of safety and privacy and they are frightened and resentful when people like you invade their privacy in the way that you did.”
Of the second victim, he said: “You targeted this unfortunate person – he doesn’t want your attention. That is why there is the restraining order.
“It may well be that the items taken were not of particular value, but the mischief here is the anxiousness caused to the householder.”