A serial burglar put forward a most extraordinary defence today, but still could not avoid jail time.
Thirty-nine-year-old Corey Antonio Morris, of Stuarts Land, Bush Hall, St Michael, told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant he was simply trying to put a roof over the head of his unborn child when he broke into the home of Richard Browne on November 16 and stole a $1,500 television and a $400 cellular phone.
Morris, who had initially denied the charge, today apologized to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court and asked the court to be lenient in its sentence.
However, having been advised by the prosecutor that Morris had 15 previous convictions, 13 of which were for similar offences, Cuffy-Sargeant sentenced the accused to 18 months in prison.
A neighbour had heard glass breaking at Browne’s house around noon on November 16, and saw Morris going through a window.
He was confronted by the neighbour as he exited the property, and he used the television to fend off an attack by the neighbour’s dog, damaging it in the process.
The phone was also damaged before Morris made his escape in a motorcar.
He was later apprehended after the owner of the vehicle was traced.