Ipswich: Burglar who apologised to couple before he stole their possessions given suspended sentence

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Monday, February 24, 2014
4:00 PM

A polite burglar apologised to an Ipswich couple after they came downstairs in the middle of the night to find him in their kitchen, a court has heard.

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Kalvin French told the couple: “Sorry I had no other option” before picking up a bag containing £400 worth of their possessions and making his escape through a window, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

French, 20, of Star Lane, Ipswich, admitted burglary at a house in Crofton Road, Ipswich on August 25 and was given an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community.

He was also given a six month curfew between 7pm-7am and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, said the couple who lived in the house heard their dog barking at around 4.30am and went downstairs to investigate.

They found their dining room window slightly open and saw a sat nav box and a pair of black shoes on the floor.

The woman householder caught sight of a figure out of the corner of her eye and screamed and grabbed hold of a money box.

French has raised his hands and apologised saying he had “no other option” before picking up his black shoes and a bag containing the couple’s belongings and making his escape through the open dining room window.

Mr Sawyer said the stolen items included a mobile phone, a wallet and its contents, sunglasses and a pouch containing tobacco.

No damage was caused to the property and French was identified from a fingerprint found on the sat nav box.

Craig Marchant for French said his client had learning difficulties and had no recollection of the burglary.

He said French had raised his hands and said sorry when he was discovered in the house. “He was quite polite given the context of the situation,” said Mr Marchant.

He said his client had not committed an offence of burglary before.

14 comments

  • The posed photo of the "burglary" is a real laugh - now we know that burglars normally break into places whilst wearing smart office dress.

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    blue&white

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • "Maybe its paul geater trying to get in through the back" - from what I've seen he would have difficulty getting in through the door let alone a window.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Learning difficulties!?! He's obviously learnt what's right and what's wrong or he wouldn't have apologised. Suspended sentence! As long as you apologise and cause no damage everything's ok then?

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    thesilentmajority

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Maybe its paul geater trying to get in through the back so he can file another rubbish piece of news??????

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    Mr cynical

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Why is an Archant employee climbing through a window in Lower Brook Street?

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    Star Watch

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Typical case of good old British justice being on the side of the criminal and not the victim ,,, What would the sentence have been to the home owner's if the had done serious harm to this criminal ?

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Ops sorry just killed someone , no problem said the judge as you said sorry 2years probation ,and a bunch of flowers to the victim family ,

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    pandy

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Fines, court fees, legal aid all paid for by the rest of us assuming this case is unemployable, only the taxpayer thats being punished and just another nice little earner for the defence team.

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    captain sensible

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Good point above. If the householder had brained him then he would have been harshly punished. You want a good dog kept as a pet not as a guard (Guard dog carries liability) that would rip his face off.

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    Gezoo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • "Maybe its paul geater trying to get in through the back" - from what I've seen he would have difficulty getting in through the door let alone a window.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • It must be great to be a criminal in 2014 all you need to do is to be polite and you get a suspended sentence for breaking into someone's house while they are in, complete and utter madness.

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    Megahman

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • hi judge just killed someone sorry, that's all right lad glad your sorry ,as you have suffered with your guilt i pardon you,and here is a tenner have a drink on the victim,

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    pandy

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • "learning difficulties and had no recollection of the burglary".... couldn't be a defense lawyer and keep a straight face, or have a conscience. Still - at least he took his shoes off to save the carpets before burgling. Yeah right.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • It must be great to be a criminal in 2014 all you need to do is to be polite and you get a suspended sentence for breaking into someone's house while they are in, complete and utter madness.

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    Megahman

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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