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Man pleads guilty to attempted break-in, sent to jail

A would-be burglar who was left alone in a police car managed to bust out of the vehicle while handcuffed.

But, instead of fleeing, he went in search of his arresting officers to tell them how easy his brief escape was.

Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett said his client was under the influence of prescription medications — the fact he didn’t make a run for it shows that he wasn’t thinking straight.

“He says he was experiencing fear while he was in the police car… then broke out of the police car, amazingly,” Fawcett said. “He returns right to the place where police are.”

Around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, Harold Richard Venables tried to break into the city home of his girlfriend’s landlord.

He tried to pry open a door with a screwdriver and smash a window to get inside, but failed.

A young girl fled the home and headed to a neighbour’s where she called her father and police were then alerted.

Police arrested Venables at his home across the lane from the scene of the attempted break-in — in part because he’d walked up to them during their investigation and they’d noticed his footprints matched those found at the crime scene.

They handcuffed Venables and put him in the back of the police car before entering his home to make a search that turned up a screwdriver that matched the pry marks at the scene, and wet shoes that matched the footprints.

During the search, police heard a noise and found Venables in the home.

When asked how he’d gotten out of the police car, Venables said it was easy — he’d smashed the window and crawled out while still handcuffed.

In court on Monday, Venables pleaded guilty to attempted break and enter, mischief, escape lawful custody and breach of a previous court order by failing to keep the peace.

Fawcett said Venables has a fuzzy memory of what happened. He’d taken too large a dose of medication he was prescribed for anxiety and depression.

Judge Judith Elliott sentenced Venables to eight months in jail, followed by two years probation.

» ihitchen@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2013

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