A Geraldton court has been told confronting details about a man’s upbringing and his risk of being “institutionalised” before he was sentenced to more than two years’ jail for a series of offences. Thomas Edward Pearce appeared via video link in Geraldton Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing on a number of charges. The 40-year-old-man had been charged with four counts of stealing, two counts of fraud, breach of CRO and trespass, one count of home burglary and burglary. His lawyer, Georgia Keysers, told the court Pearce had schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. She detailed his long history of alcohol and substance misuse, stating “alcohol makes him happy it takes away the pain from his heart.” Raised by his grandparents, Pearce’s father died when he was just 14. He then went to reside with his mother in Hedland, who also has schizophrenia. Ms Keysers said Pearce had been in and out of the justice system from a young age and was at risk of being institutionalised. Magistrate Angus Hockton acknowledged the significant mental and physical health issues Pearce had suffered from throughout his life. Mr Hockton said a lack of stability combined with poor mental health had led him to commit offences and highlighted how people needed more support in the justice system. Despite these mitigating factors, he said the home burglary charge carried with it a minimum of two years’ imprisonment. He was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment for the burglary charges backdated to February, while all other charges were dealt with by fine.