A man with 26 prior convictions claimed he committed his latest crime simply 'to give police a job'. Law Chi-ying, 42, who suffers from schizophrenia, yesterday pleaded guilty to burglary at a Shouson Hill Road residence on October 31 last year and was jailed for 20 months. Law committed the burglary in daylight when many people were around and the chances of capture were high, Paul Kwong Wai-chuen, defending, said. The maid was alerted to the bungled break-in and Law dropped watches and jewellery from his $50,000 raid as he fled. Mr Kwong described the crime as unsophisticated. He said Law was arrested the same day and stunned officers by telling them he had returned to crime because he wanted to create more work for the police. The District Court was told Law had a criminal record with 26 previous convictions, including 17 for burglary. Mr Kwong said Law's wife had deserted him and his parents had disowned him. 'His future is a misery,' the lawyer said. His brothers and sisters were high achievers but Law had suffered from mental illness since the age of 15 and turned to crime at 19. Deputy Judge Kwok Wai-kin said he sympathised with Law, especially because of his mental illness, but said appropriate punishment had to be imposed. He ordered the 20-month term be served concurrently with a sentence Law was already serving for theft and attempted deception.