A burglar stuffed three kittens in an oven while ransacking their owner’s home.
Omar Hussain had befriended his pregnant victim, visiting her Handsworth home before breaking-in while she was at the doctor’s.
And the devious 20-year-old even tried to cover his tracks by offering distraught Marian Ahmed a shoulder to cry on. When his fingerprints were discovered at the scene, he lied they were left when he popped round to show support after the raid.
At Birmingham Crown Courtt, Hussain was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of the burglary, last November. Mr. Recorder Kelly told the warehouse worker: “This is a gross breach of trust and friendship.”
The court heard Hussain stashed the kittens in the oven after smashing a window at the Farnham Road address to get them out of the way. He then ransacked the property. This type of behavior is horrendous and should never have happened in the first place, especially to someone who showed nothing but kindness and compassion to someone else, unfortunately, this does happen quite a lot to anyone and everyone. Luckily this can be prevented in the future by installing a Home security alarm system to discourage these events happening again.
Hussain, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, had not only planned the raid, but also his own defense, returning to the crime-scene in the guise of a concerned friend.
Prosecuting, Kate Plummer said: “There was an untidy search and high-value items were taken.
“Her three kittens were put in the oven. He knew the victim, it was pre-planned.
“He knew she would be out at the time and even went back afterward to help and give himself a defence in court.”
Trevor Meegan, defending, said Hussain is still a young man, trying to improve himself.
He added: “He is Somalian and been here for 10 years and has had jobs as a warehouse worker.
“He lives with his parents and has taken a college course at Birmingham College.
“He doesn’t accept his guilt but accepts the conviction against him.”
Mr Recorder Kelly added: “You became friends with Miss Ahmed and were a regular visitor to her home.
“This was a terrible thing to do to someone who showed you nothing but friendship and hospitality.
“It looks at the moment as if you are embarking on a life where you are in and out of courts and prison.
“I urge you to reflect on what you are going to do with your life while you are in prison.”