Location Of Theft in AQUA BLUE
URL Of Linked Article In STEEL BLUE or GREEN
Full Content Of Article In BLACK
Theft Description In Body Of Article in RED

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Burglar stole from 'Good Samaritan'

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: October 19, 2013
By Sentinel Reporter
BURGLAR James Gorton raided the home of a woman who had taken him in when he was homeless.
The 23-year-old abused the kindness shown to him by Stephanie Beardmore and used a back door key he had retained to enter her mid terrace house in Marriott Street, Fenton, when she was out.
He stole a large television, speakers, a computer tower, keyboard and monitor.
But he then smashed a window to make it look as if someone had broken in.
Now Gorton has been handed a suspended jail sentence.
Prosecutor Neil Ahuja yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court Ms Beardmore went out on Saturday, April 27, but later received a call from a neighbour who said a window had been broken.
"She returned to find the window had been smashed," said Mr Ahuja. "Electrical items of high value were stolen. She was perplexed how such large items had been removed."
The court heard Ms Beardmore had previously allowed Gorton to stay when he was homeless and she had lent him a back door key.
Mr Ahuja said: "The police carried out a search at another address the defendant had been allowed to stay.
"From that address they recovered the computer tower which was identified by a relative of the complainant."
The court heard Ms Beardmore was left devastated and upset.
Gorton was arrested and admitted the burglary. He said he used a key to enter and smashed a window as a decoy.
The defendant, who now lives in Diary House Road, Normanton, Derby, pleaded guilty to burglary.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said the burglary was committed on impulse. He said: "He returned to obtain some of his property and to return the key to the complainant. It was only when he arrived and found it empty that he decided to take the course of action that he did.
"It is a mean offence because this lady had shown him kindness by allowing him to come off the streets."
Mr Muldoon added that Gorton, who has no previous convictions, plans to join the Army. He had a weight problem and was 24 stone last December but is now 13 stone.
Recorder Martin Wasik sentenced Gorton to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 120 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £260 compensation and a £100 surcharge.
The judge said: "You tried to cover your tracks by breaking a window, to cover up the fact you had retained a key and entered by that means. It was a particularly mean offence."

Read more:

No comments: