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.

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