Sentencing for hungry thief delayed
A 53-year-old man who broke into the same Greater Sudbury apartment twice in last year — and on one occasion preparing a meal and showering — will now be sentenced June 26.
The reason for the sentencing delay is due to Roy Smith having become ill and spending some time in hospital. Roy is out on bail. He was to have been sentenced Thursday.
On Feb. 13, a pre-sentence report was ordered to assist with the sentencing of Smith, who pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal harassment, two counts of theft under $5,000, and two counts of forced entry. The charges concerned two break-ins on April 9 and 10, 2018, and an incident involving a family on their property in March of that year.
Smith was facing a total of 13 charges arising from the three incidents.
The court heard that about 5:40 p.m. March 4, 2018, Smith saw a man, woman and a child walk toward their home in the city. He then began following them right up their driveway and to their front steps.
Smith, whom the family did not know, was told to get off the property, which he did.
But when the family later got into their car and attempted to travel down the driveway, Smith re-appeared and blocked their way, raising his arms in the process. Greater Sudbury Police were called officers arrested Smith.
Defence lawyer Alex Toffoli noted that within 72 hours of the incident, Smith was admitted to Health Sciences North.
Then on April 9, 2018, an apartment unit of a Riverside Drive building was broken into, entry being gained by damaging a front picture window.
A number of items were taken, including a Dell computer, 20 articles of clothing and a suitcase with a provincial government ministry emblem on it.
The tenant later discovered the theft and damage, and the window was repaired.
The next day, however, entry was gained to the same unit by damaging the same window, this time blood being left on the damaged window. Meat was cooked, a can of Fresca consumed and a shower taken.
Various pots and pans, along with a knife set were taken in the break-in.