AN ASYLUM seeker who tampered with electrics because he was “bored” left the charity that housed him with a £12,000 repair bill just days after he moved in.
David Boukare (32) moved into supported housing in Eastwood in October, but by the time staff arrived to lay down the rules of his accommodation, he had already caused extensive damage.
He was jailed for 16 months at Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday after a string of bizarre crimes in which he damaged various electrical items in Rotherham and the north-east.
Boukare’s offending had begun on September 21 when he tampered with a gas meter at a woman’s house, said Ms Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting.
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After he was caught, police discovered he had cut the wires to the woman’s security camera and damaged her satellite dish and security lights.
Three days later, Boukare was spotted on CCTV removing key fob readers from a block of flats in Hartlepool, Ms Earnshaw said.
He told officers he had taken the devices, worth £1,000, because he was “bored”.
Boukare returned to the car park in the basement of the block of flats on September 27 and damaged a lift control panel with a brick.
He came back the following day and did the same again, Ms Earnshaw said.
Boukare was later moved to supported accommodation, owned by Target Housing, on Fitzwilliam Road, Eastwood.
The building had been refurbished just days before. On the day staff arrived to go through the rules with Boukare, they realised they could smell gas coming from his property.
“They discovered extensive damage to the electrics,” said Ms Earnshaw.
Boukare had cut the cables to smoke alarms in the kitchen, living room, hallway, landings and his bedroom.
He had cut the wires to several appliances including the cooker, washing machine and electricity box, removed panels from the bathroom and damaged tiles.
The total bill for the damage was estimated to be £12,000, said Ms Earnshaw.
Target Housing said the accommodation had been left unliveable.
Boukare had also cut wires to the security camera on the house next door, Ms Earnshaw said.
Boukare, of no fixed abode, admitted six offences of criminal damage, two of going equipped to steal and one offence of theft.
Mitigating, Mr Chris Aspinall said Boukare’s status in the UK was still pending. He said he had moved to Rotherham in October because that was where the Home Office had decided he should live.
“They are very different from the normal offences of criminal damage that the courts come across,” he added.
Recorder Felicity Davies said it was “extremely worrying and troubling behaviour”.
She said: “You have given no proper explanation to what it is that motivates you to keep carrying out these actions other than saying you’re interested.
“The offending was dangerous and it caused loss and damage to premises that were providing a service for vulnerable people.”