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Ipswich: Burglar sent back to jail after raid on widow’s home

14:46 18 December 2012

Rodney Castello

Rodney Castello

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A BURGLAR who broke into the Suffolk home of an 82-year-old widow within weeks of being released from prison has been jailed for a further four years.

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Rodney Castello was released on August 17 from a 15-month prison sentence which he had been given for nine offences of burglary and was back to his old ways three weeks later, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

On September 11 Castello threw a rock through a kitchen window at the home of an 82-year-old woman in Somersham Road, Little Blakenham, while she was out and made an untidy search of the house. During the burglary he stole a gold chain with an opal which had been given to her by her son, said Juliet Donovan, prosecuting.

Castello was arrested after blood found on a bedspread was sent for analysis.

Castello, 46, of no fixed address, admitted burglary at the house in Somersham Road on September 11 and attempted burglary at a house in Sherrington Road, Ipswich, on September 12.

He asked for a burglary at a house in Colchester Road, Ipswich, on September 7 and an attempted burglary at a house in Oulton Road, Ipswich, on September 10 to be considered.

Jailing him for four years, Recorder Maureen Baker said he was “enslaved” to his drug addiction and showed no sign of changing his ways.

She said the 82-year-old victim of one of the burglaries had described in a victim impact statement being in “total shock” after discovering the burglary when she returned home and said it was a horrible feeling knowing someone had been in her house.

Miss Donovan told the court that during the burglary in Colchester Road a laptop and jewellery worth £500 had been stolen.

On September 10 Castello had tried to break into a house in Oulton Road by trying to break a UVPC window, causing £100 damage.

Two days later a woman was at her home in Sherrington Road when she heard scratching and saw Castello standing at her dining room doors trying to get into the house.

When the woman challenged him he apologised and ran off, Miss Donovan told the court.

Neil Saunders, for Castello, said his client’s offending had been fuelled by his drug addiction.

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