Re­peat of­fender ‘most at home in pri­son’

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - JEN­NIFER EDER

A pro­lific bur­glar who says he feels most at home in pri­son has been sent back to jail, de­spite ask­ing for a stint in re­hab.

Ed­ward Charles Davis, 30, was caught ri­fling through two Blenheim houses in Jan­uary, tak­ing iPhones from one cou­ple’s bed­side ta­bles while they slept.

The break-ins led to Davis’ 16th and 17th bur­glary con­vic­tions.

Davis’ lawyer Rob Har­ri­son asked for sen­tenc­ing to be de­layed on Mon­day un­til he could se­cure a place in re­hab, but Judge Pa­trick Tre­ston said Davis should serve time in pri­son first.

Davis was be­ing sen­tenced af­ter he tried to break into four houses on McLauch­lan St in Blenheim.

The first house he tried was locked, and some­one in­side heard Davis try­ing to get in and shouted, scar­ing him away. But Davis wan­dered next door to find the prop­erty un­locked. He went into the mas­ter bed­room and took two iPhone 7s and bank cards.

He man­aged to get in­side two ve­hi­cles at a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty and took bank cards from each, be­fore en­ter­ing the house. Davis took lap­tops and cords, shov­ing them in a fab­ric bag he found.

Po­lice found Davis shortly after­wards hid­ing in some bushes a few blocks away. The stolen prop­erty was all re­turned.

Davis ad­mit­ted two counts of bur­glary, two of en­ter­ing an en­closed yard, two of in­ter­fer­ing with a ve­hi­cle, and one of breach­ing re­lease con­di­tions in Jan­uary. He ap­peared in cus­tody for sen­tenc­ing by au­dio vis­ual link at the Blenheim District Court on Mon­day.

Davis had 13 pre­vi­ous sen­tence breaches, 15 pre­vi­ous bur­glary con­vic­tions, and con­vic­tions for traf­fic, theft, drug and vi­o­lent of­fend­ing.

Har­ri­son said Davis wanted to go to res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre Moana House in Dunedin, but there were no po­si­tions avail­able un­til March.

Davis had a gen­uine mo­ti­va­tion to com­plete re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion be­cause of his chil­dren, Har­ri­son said.

He also demon­strated a sense of re­morse, say­ing he did not usu­ally bur­gle res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and he un­der­stood how his vic­tims must have felt, Har­ri­son said.

Judge Tre­ston said he was not con­vinced.

‘‘You have said, some­what dis­turbingly, you feel most at home in pri­son ... Your list of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions again makes for dis­turb­ing read­ing.

‘‘I am not per­suaded that it is ap­pro­pri­ate to re­lease you to Moana House, even if there was a place avail­able. Ul­ti­mately, the pa­role board can make that de­ci­sion. It is my view a sen­tence must be served first.’’

He sen­tenced Davis to two years and five months’ im­pris­on­ment.

PHOTO: STUFF

Ed­ward Charles Davis, 30, told pro­ba­tion he feels most at home in pri­son. (File photo)

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