Ipswich: Burglar who broke into neighbour’s flat is jailed
13:00 18 February 2013
A BURGLAR who broke into his neighbour’s flat and cooked himself a meal has been jailed for 12 months.
The owner returned home to find that his front door was open, the letterbox was missing and the smoke alarm was going off.
He also noticed that food had been taken out of the fridge and the wrappers discarded, Ipswich Crown Court heard. He then found oil splashed around and realised that someone had been cooking, said Robert Sadd, prosecuting.
Wires had been pulled out of a PlayStation and a computer part worth £40 had been stolen.
Justin Battiste, 40, of Dandalan Close, Ipswich, admitted burglary on December 7.
Battiste had initially denied the offence, saying he had been drinking and taking heroin and couldn’t remember much of the day in question.
Craig Marchant, for Battiste, said his client had suffered a bereavement and due to the alcohol and drugs he had consumed he may have thought he was going into his own flat.