A man who was "homeless, hungry and desperate" has avoided immediate imprisonment over a spate of burglary offences.
The 56-year-old appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court today to face three charges of burglary in a place not ordinarily used for human habitation.
He had previously entered pleas of guilty to the charges.
The court heard that between April 26-29 the man forced entry to the Lighthouse Baptist Church, Carson Terrace Dental and the University Medical Practice, damaging property in the process, to search for food and money.
He was homeless at the time of the offences.
He has an extensive record for similar offending.
Magistrate Geoff Lawrence gave the man the opportunity to participate in a pre-sentence order, to watch his progress over the next nine months.
He will reappear in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court for a progress report on December 20, with sentencing scheduled for May 29, 2014.