Burglar stole 'to fund trip to Jamaica funeral'
A JUDGE told a depressed burglar: "Everyone's depressed. It's the weather."
Junior Angus committed a burglary because he wanted to fund a flight to Jamaica for his grandmother's funeral, Bristol Crown Court heard yesterday.
Angus, of Filwood Court, Fishponds, pleaded guilty to burglary in December last year.
Judge David Ticehurst, who also said he wasn't sure Angus' grandmother would be pleased a burglar was at her funeral, adjourned the case for a report, pending sentence next month.
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He reserved the case to himself and, remanding the 21-year-old in custody, told him he would consider imposing a prison sentence.
Nicholas Fridd, prosecuting, said Angus broke into a flat being refurbished in Riverstock Road, St Paul's, and left a large quantity of his blood at the scene.
The court heard Angus had a large number of previous convictions for driving and drugs matters but had committed burglary only recently.
David Miller, defending, said there was no pre-sentence report available. He said his client had been on licence but had not found work and became "depressed".
This was compounded by his grandmother's death the court heard, and his efforts to raise money to fly to her funeral.
Mr Miller said: "He deeply regrets what he did."