The owner was in the house at the time of the incident.
A 42-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to eight years direct imprisonment in the De Aar Regional Court on Friday after he was found guilty of housebreaking with the intent to commit a crime.
Charles George Tenkwan pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police spokesperson, Sergeant Luvuyo Poni said the accused broke into the house while the owner was inside on August 16.
“The accused was found guilty in the De Aar Magistrates Court although the matter was transferred to the regional court for sentencing as Tenkwan had a series of previous convictions on property-related crimes including four charges of housebreaking and theft, 12 charges of general theft and one charge of being in possession of stolen property.”
Poni added that during sentencing procedures the regional court magistrate, Miss Venter, pointed out that De Aar was one of the towns that had the highest burglary rate in the Province.
“Citizens of De Aar deserve to live without fear.”
Poni indicated that should the accused be found guilty of a similar crime in the future he would be declared a habitual offender.