AN Albury man with a long criminal history has told his solicitor that he is sick of spending time in jail.
Benjamin James Carkeek, 21, is in custody over breaking into two churches at Corowa last year.
Carkeek was sentenced in Albury Local Court on July 17 and received a 12-month jail term, with a minimum of six months, on two counts of break, enter and steal.
He was eligible for parole on January 15, but has had his time in jail extended by a month after appearing for sentence on another break, enter and steal matter.
Carkeek broke into a business in Wagga Road at Lavington about 11.45pm on November 9 last year.
A hole was smashed in a front window of the business which sells a variety of items for pets.
He went inside while another man kept watch outside.
But police quickly arrived at the scene and both men were arrested after they unsuccessfully tried to run away.
Carkeek gave police a black beanie with eyes cut out, which he had used while committing the break-in.
Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Carkeek was released from jail on September 9 last year and this offence happened a couple of months later.
“He does have an extensive history, there is no getting away from that,” Ms MacDonald said.
She said Carkeek received the 12-month jail term for matters which were committed subsequent to the one he was being sentenced on.
Much of his offending stems from his use of illegal drugs.
Ms MacDonald said Carkeek completed a 21-day drug detox program before going back into custody.
“He tells me he is heartily sick of jail,” she said.
Magistrate Tony Murray imposed another month in jail making Carkeek eligible for release on February 14.
He has been ordered to pay $664 compensation, which is half of the damage caused when breaking into the shop.