Malta: Somali jailed after attempted break-in

Published: January 5, 2015

The 21-year-old man explained that he was too drunk to remember what happened that night
Alcohol has landed a homeless Somali man two years and eight months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty of attempting to break into a house.
Bashir Abdulahi Admen, a 21-year-old unemployed Somali of no fixed address, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Gabriella Vella to charges of attempting to break in to a residence in Marsa.
Prosecuting Inspector Robert Vella told the court how the accused had been arrested at 02:15am last night after officers from the Rapid Intervention Unit came across him while he was trying to break into a residence.
He also damaged the door and lock of the residence during his break-in attempt.
When asked whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty, the accused’s interpreter explained “he was too drunk to remember what happened last night but from what the police told him, he was guilty”.
Magistrate Gabriella Vella sentenced him to 8 months’ jail for this offence, and noted that as it had been committed during the operative term of a previous two-year suspended sentence, it also rendered that sentence operable.
Lawyer Benjamin Valencia was legal aid.
Source: Malta Today

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