December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A homeless man with a “persistent” record of offending has been jailed after breaking into a Norwich working men’s club to find shelter, a court has heard.
Paul Hagar, 36, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 12 months after admitting one count of burglary and another of attempted burglary at Keir Hardie Hall in Norwich on January 2 this year.
Hagar, formerly of Bishop Bridge Road, also asked for two other offences of criminal damage to be taken into consideration.
Robert Warner, prosecuting, said Hagar, whose previous convictions include 41 thefts and 19 burglaries, said a local resident was awoken by the defendant kicking the door of Keir Hardie Hall at about 3am on January 2.
The police were called. Mr Warner said officers found the defendant walking away from the rear of the building and he was then arrested.
A front door glass panel at the club had been smashed and glass fragments were found on Hagar’s clothing. Inside the hall there was damage to the front door handle of a flat that the steward of the club lives in, although he was not in at the time of the break in.
When he was interviewed Hagar said he was drunk and could not remember the events.
Lindsay Cox, in mitigation, said: “At the root of his problem seems to be the fact he’s been homeless persistently for rather a long time; add to the mix issues in terms of excessive alcohol consumption and one has repetitive offending.”
Sentencing Hagar on Thursday to a total of 12 months imprisonment, Recorder John Akast described him as a “pain in the neck” having committed crimes before arriving in Norwich where he started offending again.