A MAN who claimed he broke into a mosque because he was hungry, and in search of food, was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison.
Hafeez Mohammed was convicted for the offence in the San Fernando First Magistrates's Court.
At around 12.10 a.m. on August 8, officers received information and went to the mosque on Prince Albert Street, San Fernando.
There they met a caretaker who told them that Mohammed was seen in the lower part of the building.
Mohammed, of Tacarigua was approached and told constable Motilal, "Boss, ah hungry, ah wanted something to eat."
Motilal charged him with breaking and entering a place of divine worship with intent to commit an arrestable offence.
Mohammed pleaded guilty to the offence last week, telling the court he was a caretaker at the mosque.
The case was adjourned to yesterday's date for the police to present information on his criminal background and for him to be sentenced.
The tracing showed he was convicted in the past for impersonating a police officer.
Police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip said Mohammed was sentenced to 40 days hard labour for that offence.
Mohammed pleaded to the court for leniency. He said he was the father of a 13-year-old boy.
Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan sentenced him to two years in jail.