Ballymena Court today: Four months jail for man who stole TV and X-box in burglary of home of man he knew

A MAN who stole a TV and X-box after breaking into the Ballymena home of a man he knew has been given a four months jail sentence.

Gary Humphreys (34), with an address listed as Waveney Mews, Ballymena, admitted a burglary at Waveney Road which happened on June 5 this year.

The defendant, who had 71 previous convictions, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court, via video link from Maghaberry Prison, on Thursday and told the court: “I wish to plead guilty for my part in it, yes”.

A prosecutor said at 11.20pm on June 5 a resident returned to his home address and found the front door damaged and a TV and X-box missing.

The householder told police the defendant had been in the property earlier that day and “had taken an interest in the property as he looked around it, commenting on how big the house was and such like”.

The prosecutor said the householder had gone to Humphreys address around midnight “to challenge him about the missing property” but the defendant denied taking the items and refused to allow him into his home.

The defendant was then arrested and the stolen items recovered from his property by police.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was given a three months jail term in August for “a variety of driving offences”.

The lawyer said in the past there had been “severe episodes of drug and alcohol misuse” and Humphreys was “very regretful” for stealing the items.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said “domestic burglary is a serious matter” and the defendant had “a very poor record to say the least”.

He said Humphreys “took advantage” of the other man.

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