A man has been given a bound over sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to trespassing at night into another house at Tinge, West Honiara.
Allen Poukodo initially denied the charges but decided to change his plea yesterday because he does not have a lawyer to represent him.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo before handing down the sentence gave Poukodo credit for his early guilty plea and for showing his remorse in court.
He said the court however must send a message to others that trespassing into another people’s house or property is an offence.
“If you go without being invited then you are subject to the law,” Mr Lapo said.
Having also taken into account the four months Poukodo already spent in custody Mr Lapo gave a bound over sentence of 12 months to keep the peace and not to go to other people’s houses in the sum of $300.
“This is to prevent you from committing further offences.”
Mr Lapo warned Poukoda that if he ever commits an offence again within the bound over period he will either be sent to prison or be given a higher fine.
The court also yesterday Poukoda had previous convictions which were one of criminal trespass back in 1988 and another of drunk and disorderly in 2015.
The accused was charged with recent criminal trespass charge for entering into a house at Tinge on the early hours of about 3am and 4am on 6 November, 2016.
The complainant and his cousin brother were sitting down telling stories when they saw the accused entered through the door of the house.
The court heard not long the accused came out of the house and walked to a window of the house and peeped in.
It was while he was peeing into the window when the complainant walked over to him and asked him what he was doing.
The accused told the complainant he was looking for his daughter and then tried to escape.
He was however chased and caught and was taken to the Police Station where he was arrested and charged.
Poukoda yesterday told the court he was sorry for what he did and asked the court to consider the time he spent in custody.
Public Prosecutor Tetoa Mosese represented the State.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN