A man who broke into a stranger’s home and fell asleep on the sofa has been ordered to carry out unpaid work and pay his victim compensation.
Sergejs Petrovs appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday to be sentenced having previously admitted committing the offences on January 25.
When the 35-year-old first appeared in court Sheriff Graham Buchanan told him he was at risk of going to prison.
However he took pity on him yesterday and imposed a community pay back order instead.
The court previously heard the owner of the flat in Albyn Grove had left his home at around 3pm.
Fiscal depute Karen Dow said he returned about seven hours later and found the door onto the street was no longer locked.
As he approached his own flat, he noticed parts of the door frame were ripped off.
She said: “On entering the living room he saw a person’s feet. He left and called the police. They found the accused under the influence of alcohol.”
The court heard Petrovs, of 40 Marchburn Avenue, Aberdeen, told officers he could not remember anything about the incident as he had been so drunk.
Sheriff Buchanan ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community and placed him under supervision for a year.
He also ordered him to pay £100 in compensation to his victim for the damage he caused to his flat.